Jul 24, 2014
Jul 16, 2014
Jul 10, 2014
Jun 26, 2014
Dalton investigation concludes man opened fire without warning on housemates before turning gun on himself
According to the sole survivor, Wayne Ainsworth, who was 54 at the time, there were no warning signs boarder Christopher Smith, 44, would turn violent.
At the time of the shooting, Ainsworth was married to Joseph Besk, 48, and they shared a modular home at 643 Whitefield Road. Smith, a former boyfriend of Ainsworth's, had been living at the residence for several months.
On the day of the shootings, soon after he woke, Ainsworth told investigators Smith asked him how he was and then shot him without warning.
Smith then turned the .357 magnum on Besk, who died from a gunshot wound to the back, according to Deputy Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Jennie V. Duval.
An autopsy performed by Chief Medical Examiner Thomas A. Andrew on Smith ruled his death a suicide.
Police arrived at the scene about 1:15 p.m. Thursday, April 12, 2012, and were met by Ainsworth.
"The first responding officer, Officer Antoin Alba of the Dalton Police Department, encountered Wayne Ainsworth at the door of the residence, who had an apparent gunshot wound to his neck," the report states. "Mr. Ainsworth reported in substance that two dead men were inside the home."
A .357 with five expended rounds and one unfired round was found next to Smith. Both Smith and Besk were already dead when police arrived.
Ainsworth, who was hospitalized for several weeks following the shooting, was unable to provide any reason for Smith's conduct. There had been no recent argument between any of the occupants of the residence, he told investigators. The autopsies and investigation supported information provided by Ainsworth.
"Physical evidence found at the crime scene, as well as observations of the scene, were consistent with Mr. Ainsworth's account of events, to wit, shootings with no apparent attendant signs of violence or struggle," the report states. "A close friend of Mr. Smith spoke with him on the telephone on the morning of the shooting and reported to investigators that he did not notice anything unusual or out of place, either in what Mr. Smith said or in how he spoke."
With the shooter dead, the matter will be closed without further investigation, the attorney general reported.
READER COMMENTS: 0
- Man hospitalized following Rochester shooting; suspect still at large - 0
- Police seeking help to identify alleged credit card thieves - 0
- Manchester Crimewatch: Man accused of new crimes while out on bail faces hearing - 0
- Gorham man arraigned for kidnapping Abigail Hernandez, but details remain scarce - 0
- Ex-Manchester police officer pleads guilty to felonies related to helping drug dealer - 2
- Lancaster man indicted for possessing child sex abuse images - 0
- Former Nashua court officer waives hearing on sexual assault charges - 0
- MBTA police officer arrested two more times following house party arrest in Salem - 0
- Mass. man charged in car registration tax dodge - 1
READER COMMENTS: 0
- Distracted legislating: Our baseless cellphone ban - 0
- Another View -- Betsy McCaughey: Our free lunch President - 0
- Another View -- Karlyn Borysenko: Workplace bullying is a serious problem, governor - 0
- Workplace abuse: Governor gets one right - 0
- Red Sox pull Lester from Wednesday start amid trade rumors - 0
- Accused Abby kidnapper Kibby had past minor brushes with police - 0
- Muskrats, Swamp Bats split twinbill - 0
- Jays' Stroman stymies Red Sox - 0
- NH medical board suspends Manchester doctor's license - 0
Win tickets to see ZZ Top
Win tickets to see the Pretty Reckless
Win tickets to see Ziggy Marley
Abby's alleged kidnapper held on $1M bail
When company comes, opt for variety
Voting in NH: Not just for NH residents
Gorham man arrested for kidnapping Abigail
Market Basket community waits and watches
- Mass. Supreme Judicial Court has found upskirt photos taken on a subway aren't illegal. Should such voyeurism be a crime?
- Total Votes: 917