January 03, 2013FREEDOM — State police are calling a Christmas Eve shooting in Freedom an isolated incident and say there is no need for the public at large to be alarmed as they continue their investigation and expect to make further arrests.
On Dec. 24 at approximately 8:10 p.m. state police responded to Huckins Road in Freedom to investigate a report of a victim suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim, Kent Burke, 48, was taken by ambulance to Memorial Hospital in North Conway where he was treated for a gunshot wound to his leg. He was released from the hospital that same evening.
According to N.H. State Police Sgt. Justin Rowe, troopers located Joseph Wright, 38, of Parsonsfield, Maine who had been present during the shooting. Wright was arrested and charged with falsifying physical evidence, hindering apprehension, and resisting arrest.
During the investigation, a deputy who has been identified as Stephen Rowe, from Carroll County Sheriff's Department suffered an injury to his lower leg and foot when his weapon "unintentionally discharged" at the scene. Rowe, no relation to the N.H. State Trooper who is investigating this case, was taken to Huggins Hospital in Wolfeboro and then transferred to a medical facility in Boston where he remains hospitalized as of press time.
State police were assisted at the Huckins Road scene by police from Freedom, Carroll County Sheriff's Department, Madison and Ossipee Police as well as fire and emergency medical personnel.
Anyone with information about the shooting incident or the whereabouts of an adult white male and adult white female who were reportedly at the scene at the time of the shooting is asked to call NH State Police Troop E at 323-3333.