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Dracut Man Arrested On Domestic Assault Charges, Placed On Leave From Job As Fire Chief

Sep 18, 2017 03:51PM ● By Theresa Gilman

Ipswich Fire Chief Daniel Gagnon (Twitter photo)

A 41-year-old Dracut man has been arrested on multiple charges of domestic assault, according to information released by the office of Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan.

Daniel Gagnon, who is employed as the chief of the Ipswich Fire Department, was arraigned on friday in connection with an assault that allegedly took place Sept. 14. The DA's office would not identify the victim except to say it was a female family member.

Gagnon was charged with assault with a dangerous weapon, witness intimidation and two counts of assault and battery on a household or family member

Following the arraignment Friday, Ryan's office became aware of a second alleged assault involving Gagnon and the same victim.that took place in 2016. Gagnon was arrested again and with domestic violence with strangulation. He was held without bail over the weekend and was scheduled to be arraigned Monday in Lowell District Court.

After Gagnon was arrested, he was placed on paid leave by Ipswich Town Manager Robin Crosbie. He will remain on leave pending the outcome of the two cases.

Gagnon was hired as Fire Chief by the Town of Ipswich in 2014. Prior to that, he had worked for the Dracut Fire Department.

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