Man Fires Gun to Stop Dog Fight, Charged with Felony

No injuries were reported after John Pina fired two shots from a handgun into the air, police said.

John Pina. Credit: Nashua PD
John Pina. Credit: Nashua PD
John Pina, 46, of 11 Harvard St., Apartment B, Nashua, was arrested Aug. 2, charged with reckless conduct, a class B felony.

On August 2 at approximately 7 p.m., patrol officers from Nashua Police Department responded to the area of Harvard Street for the report of shots fired. Upon their arrival they determined that Pina had fired a handgun into the air twice in an effort to scare two dogs who were fighting with each other. No one was injured as a result of the shots being fired.

A class B felony is punishable by up to seven years imprisonment, exclusive of fines. John Pina is being held at the Nashua Police Department on $ 3,000 cash / surety bail and is scheduled to be arraigned in the 9th Circuit Court, Nashua District Division on August 5, 2013.

Ray Guarino August 06, 2013 at 12:00 PM
JPF36, if the cop shot in the air, and did not follow protocol then he should be castigated for it, but not charged because he was using his gun in the line of duty. When police officers do not do their job right, they should be reprimanded. Nevertheless, you are nothing but a know nothing who watches too much silly right wing propaganda. And if you don't like what I write because you disagree with it then,,,,too bad, grow up.
Ann Beauregard August 06, 2013 at 03:43 PM
Ray, thank you but as the Editor reported Scott, NPD Lt. Denis Linehan said in response to your question: "Any time you discharge a firearm in a compact area of the city when there are other people around it's reckless conduct." Which was the response of a Lt.
JPF36 August 06, 2013 at 03:55 PM
I guess reading the local newspaper and watching channel nine news isn't what I should be doing. So what should I be doing to get the BIASED BS that you post here on Patch??
Djorje Shugden August 07, 2013 at 01:31 AM
Nashua is more Massachusetts than New Hampshire.
Tom August 12, 2013 at 11:00 PM
Firing a gun in a urban area is dumb - remember what goes up must come down. Maybe it won't have the same velocity but who wants a bullet hitting them on the head?


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