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National Guardsman Arrested For Firing Machine Gun

April 4, 1989

BOSTON (AP) _ A weekend National Guardsman was freed on $250 bail after pleading innocent to charges of firing his automatic rifle on a street and fleeing in a military truck.

Edward J. Silva, 22, told authorities he panicked when he saw police after he fired the M-16 early Sunday. He drove away, leading officers on a three- mile chase early Sunday, authorities said.

Charges include possession of a machine gun, unlicensed possession of ammunition, failing to stop for police, speeding, larceny, discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building, disorderly conduct and receiving a stolen vehicle, said Dorchester County District court clerk Marjorie Skillman.

Judge James Nolan on Monday scheduled a trial for June 28, Ms. Skillman said.

Investigators for the Massachusetts National Guard were looking into the matter, said 1st Lt. Tammy Miracle.

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