Warren B. Ryder, Chief of Police
520 Massachusetts Ave.
Boxborough, MA 01719
For Immediate Release
Friday, Dec. 15, 2017
Contact: John Guilfoil
Email: [email protected]
Boxborough Police Announce Grand Jury Indictment of Chelmsford Man
BOXBOROUGH – Boxborough Police Chief Warren B. Ryder and Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan have announced that a Middlesex County Grand Jury has indicted Shawn Limerick, 49, of Chelmsford, on two counts of possession of a large capacity feeding device and one count of improper storage of a firearm in connection with an incident that occurred last year.
At approximately 12:40 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016, Boxborough Police were dispatched to the Harvard Sportsman Club, 250 Littleton County Road, for a report of a male party that had shot himself in the leg.
Upon arrival, police observed three vehicles traveling toward the exit of the Harvard Sportsman Club. One of the operators flagged down the officers and stated that the person who had been shot, later identified as Limerick, had just passed them driving toward the exit.
Police then approached Limerick’s vehicle just before the exit. Limerick exited his vehicle and stated that he was doing drills drawing from a holster when a round went off and struck him in the leg.
The Boxborough Fire Department’s ambulance arrived on scene and began to treat Limerick. He was then transported to an area hospital for further treatment.
After an initial investigation, police learned that Limerick did not have proper licensing to legally possess a large capacity firearm or large capacity feeding device, and had been operating a large capacity pistol when the incident occurred.
Upon further investigation, police located an unsecured 9 mm Glock and four magazines — two empty 10 round magazines and two 15 round magazines that each had ammunition in them — in the trunk of Limerick’s vehicle.
“This incident should serve as a stern reminder of the importance of gun safety including operation, storage and proper licensing,” Chief Ryder said. “Thankfully, this individual did not injure himself or anyone else more seriously.”
Boxborough Police have partnered with Project ChildSafe, a national firearm safety program to provide gun locks at no cost. Anyone interested in obtaining a free gun lock can pick them up at the Boxborough Police Department, 520 Massachusetts Ave.