WOLFEBORO — The Wolfeboro police chief said an Epping man faces a slew of charges after another man was found shot in the leg.
It was the second shooting incident in Wolfeboro in the span of a week.
According to Chief Dean Rondeau, last Saturday night at around 7:45 p.m., several Wolfeboro police units responded to the area of North Main Street and Keywadin Road, based on a complaint of suspicious activity in the area.
When units arrived, they found a pickup parked next to a residence at the intersection of Keywadin and North Main.
Police Capt. Mark Livie and his team, including Sgt. Mike Strauch and Officer Ben Church, contacted the driver, who was later identified as Joshua Shepp, 37, of Epping, who appeared to be intoxicated. He was subsequently detained.
A few minutes later, police units found a second person in the woods who appeared to be the victim of a gunshot wound to the lower right leg. He was treated at the scene, stabilized and transported to Huggins Hospital in Wolfeboro for additional medical treatment.
Based on the officers’ investigation, Shepp was taken into custody on more than half a dozen charges that included felony reckless conduct, DWI, disorderly conduct, negligent discharge of a firearm, criminal trespass, operation after suspension and open container of alcohol.
According to police, the men had been ice fishing.
Additional charges may be pending, and this case has been forwarded to the Carroll County Attorney’s Office for further investigation and prosecution.
Shepp was released on personal recognizance and is scheduled for arraignment in Carroll County Superior Court on Feb. 27.
Rondeau credited the following agencies for their quick response and assistance: State Police and their K-9s. Wolfeboro Central Dispatch, Wolfeboro Fire Rescue, Stewart’s Ambulance Service and the Tuftonboro Police Department.
Citizens are advised that the Wolfeboro and State Police were in the area for the next few days canvasing the vicinity; this is normal police protocol.