Gill man being held on attempted murder charges

Staff Writer
Published: 7/23/2021 6:58:49 PM

GILL — A Gill man is being held on attempted murder charges after police responded to a 911 call shortly before 2 a.m. on Thursday morning.

Wesley Johnson, 64, was arraigned in Greenfield District Court later Thursday on charges of armed assault with intent to murder, assault with a dangerous weapon, possession of a firearm without an FID card and discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building, according to a press release from the Gill Police Department. Assistant District Attorney Ryan Scott handled the arraignment before Judge Laurie MacLeod, who ordered Johnson be held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing, which is set for Thursday, July 29.

According to Gill Police, State Police had responded to a 911 call reporting “shots fired” at a private residence on Main Road in Gill. Johnson allegedly fired three shots, police say, and nobody was struck.

Northwestern District Attorney’s Office Communication and Outreach Director Laurie Loisel said the incident remains under investigation and deferred additional questions to Gill Police Chief Christopher Redmond. Attempts to reach Redmond were unsuccessful on Friday.

Chris Larabee can be reached at clarabee@recorder.com or 413-930-4081.


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