Coast Guard petty officer stationed at Woods Hole charged with firing gun during argument

Sean Reilly


By MELISSA HANSON | MassLive.com | Published: August 11, 2020

(Tribune News Service) — A 23-year-old 3rd Class Petty Officer in the U.S. Coast Guard stationed in Massachusetts has been accused of firing a gun near two men during an argument in Fairhaven, Mass., officials said.

Sean Reilly, who is from Montgomery, Ala., and is currently stationed at the Sector Southeast Coast Guard Station in Woods Hole, allegedly got into an argument on Friday night with two men he didn’t know in the area of Middle Street and Bridge Street. Reilly fired a shot, according to Fairhaven police.

Officers got to the scene and could not find Reilly. A single 9mm shell casing was located on the ground near 98 Middle St. There were no injuries and officers did not receive any reports of property damage, police said in a statement.

Police identified Reilly as the suspect during an investigation and arrested him at the Sector Southeast Coast Guard Station in Woods Hole on Tuesday morning, the statement said.

Reilly is expected to be arraigned Tuesday in New Bedford District Court on charges of discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building, assault by means of a dangerous weapon, disturbing the peace and disorderly conduct.

Police seized Reilly’s 9mm Smith and Wesson pistol, which he is licensed to carry, as evidence, the statement said.

No further information was immediately available.

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