Chief Resigns Following Child's Accidental Shooting

The Massachusetts police chief facing involuntary manslaughter charges in connection with the accidental shooting death of an Ashford boy has resigned.

The town's Board of Selectmen Monday accepted the resignation of Chief Edward Fleury, the police chief of Pelham, Mass. The development comes three months after Christopher Bizilj, 8, of Ashford shot himself in the head with an Uzi during a gun show in Westfield, Mass.
Fleury's company, COP Firearms & Training, sponsored the event. He has pleaded not guilty to the charge.
Fleury's last day will be March 16, when his vacation time runs out. He has not been at work since the Oct. 26 shooting, at first taking sick leave and then being placed on vacation leave.
Board Chairman William Martell told a Massachusetts newspaper that Fleury's departure was a "mutual decision."

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