Domestic Assault Charges Dropped Against Dracut Man
Jan 09, 2018 06:40PM
● By Bill Gilman
Domestic assault charges against Ipswich Fire Chief Gregory Gagnon, a Dracut resident, been dropped by Middlesex County prosecutors.
That announcement was made Monday, just as Gagnon's trial was set to begin in Lowell District Court, according to an article published by the Lowell Sun. Prosecutors made the decision after Gagnon's wife, the alleged victim in the case, declined to testify.
The judge dismissed the case against Gagnon without prejudice, leaving the door open for prosecutors to refile charges in the future, if circumstances change.
Gagnon, 42, had been charged with strangulation, assault with a dangerous weapon, intimidation of a witness and assault and battery on a family or household member.
According to investigators, Gagnon assaulted his wife on two separate occasions. In 2016, he allegedly put his hands around her throat and choked her. That incident was interrupted by the arrival of the couple's two children.
In September 2017, Gagnon allegedly pulled a gun on his wife and threatened to shoot her if she didn't leave the couple's Dracut home. He also allegedly threatened to respond with gunfire if she called police to the house.
After he was arraigned, Gagnon was set to a facility in Vermont for psychological evaluation, according to court records.
Gagnon, served with the Dracut Fire Department for 18 years and achieved the rank of captain. He was hired as Ipswich Fire Chief in 2014. He has been on leave from that position since his arrest.
According to the article in the Lowell Sun, Gagnon has agreed to resign from his position in Ipswich later this month.