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Shots fired in Tamworth and Ossipee police officer assaulted

April 14, 2011
TAMWORTH — Two men were arrested, one man got hit by a car, two received medical treatment, and more arrests are likely as police sort out what happened in Candle Pine Village on April 5.

Joshua Fraser, 22, of Ossipee is being held on $5,000 cash bail at Carroll County House of Correction charged with reckless conduct with a firearm, resisting arrest, simple assault, and obstructing government administration.

According to court documents, police were called to 78 Berry Lane in Tamworth at 6:40 p.m. on a report of an assault with a firearm involved. The police affidavits spell out some of the details. While police were responding to the house, dispatchers alerted them that witnesses said two men fled the scene in a red Subaru wagon. When Sergeant Penny Colby arrived at the scene, a victim, Robert Bellini (who had reportedly been shot at and hit by the fleeing car) as well as other witnesses identified the driver of the car as Robert Fraser, 27, of Center Ossipee.

Ossipee Police went to his residence and there Officer Shane Emerson found both Fraser men. Robert Fraser allegedly told police that he and his brother were at the Tamworth house when a physical altercation ensued and Joshua Fraser pulled out the gun and fired shots in the air. Apparently, witnesses at the scene also told police that Joshua Fraser was also firing shots at Bellini as he and his brother drove away. Police found shell casings in the roadway. According to Police Chief Dan Poirier, shots were also fired in the house and the weapon was dumped on the beach in the Ski & Beach development off Route 16 in Tamworth. Police were led to the weapon and were able to retrieve a .22 Caliber Ruger MKII semi-automatic pistol, he said.

The police affidavit also describes what happened at Fraser's home in Center Ossipee. Allegedly, Robert Fraser was told he would be taken in for questioning. Joshua Fraser became "loud and belligerent" toward Officer Emerson, Robert Fraser stepped in between to try to calm his brother then Joshua pushed him out of the way and allegedly grabbed Officer Emerson. A struggle ensued as Emerson was attempting to arrest Joshua. Once in custody, the affidavit alleges that Joshua tried to kick out the back side window of the police cruiser.

Fraser was arraigned on the felony reckless conduct charge and assigned a public defender. He was set to have a probable cause hearing on the charge April 13 and is set to go to trial on the other charges June 1. If he does make bail, he is to stay away from Bellini, firearms, alcohol and drugs.

Back at the Berry Lane house, police also arrested Donald Naismith and charged him with a parole violation. On the way to the jail, Naismith suffered some sort of medical issue and an ambulance was called to meet the state police cruiser on Route 28 to render treatment.

Bellini was taken to Huggins Hospital in Wolfeboro and treated for non-life threatening injuries.

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