Police: Jaffrey shooting victim shot himself

  • The gun Conety used to shoot himself was found in a nearby body of water across from his employer’s house.  Staff photo by Nicholas Handy

  • With the help of the Jaffrey Fire Department’s pump truck, police were able to locate the gun Conety used to shoot himself.  Staff photo by Nicholas Handy

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Friday, August 05, 2016 11:19AM

Police have determined that a Jaffrey man’s wounds resulting from a June shooting were self-inflicted. 

Police Chief William Oswalt said Friday that Jason D. Conety, 42, of Jaffrey, shot himself with a .22 rifle on June 11 on Proctor Road and attempted to cover it up by throwing it into a nearby body of water. 

“Early on, he had told us that someone had came upon him at [his employer’s house] and shot him,” said Oswalt. “We had to assume at the time that he had interrupted a burglary that was in progress.”

Jaffrey police were dispatched to Proctor Road around 6:10 p.m. to investigate the report of a possible shooting, finding Contey with gunshot wounds to the abdomen and lower back. Police eventually found the gun in a nearby body of water, and through a forensics analysis, established that Conety’s fingerprints were on it. 

Currently, no charges are pending against Conety, as police are still determining his motives. 

Nicholas Handy can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 235 or nhandy@ledgertranscript.com. He is also on Twitter @nhandyMLT.