WINCHESTER — A local police officer has been arrested and charged with criminal threatening with a deadly weapon in connection with an August incident when he allegedly pointed a loaded firearm at someone. Kevin W. Martel, 25, is expected to be arraigned in December on the felony charge, Cheshire County Attorney D. Chris McLaughlin said Monday.
He said he did not have further details about the incident.
McLaughlin said his office learned of the situation last week, and that the incident happened in Winchester. He didn’t know if Martel was on duty at the time.
As of this morning, nothing had been filed in 8th Circuit Court District Division in Keene or Cheshire County Superior Court.
N.H. State Police, who are investigating the incident, referred all questions about the case to McLaughlin’s office Monday. The Winchester Police Department also referred questions about the case to McLaughlin’s office.
McLaughlin referred questions about Martel’s employment status to the Winchester Police Department. Winchester Police referred those question to the Winchester Town Hall.
An official at Winchester Town Hall said her office didn’t have any information about Martel’s employment status or whether he’d been placed on administrative leave.
Martel has been a member of the Winchester Police Department for about a year, based on annual town reports. He could not be reached for comment.
McLaughlin said he expects the case to be prosecuted in Cheshire County, but it likely will not be handled by his office.
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