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Former police commissioner convicted of role in shooting

August 5, 2019

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — A former police commissioner has been convicted of attempted assault and criminal mischief after her partner shot at a teenager who mistakenly thought the couple’s home was a party venue.

Seacoastonline.com reports 44-year-old Brenna Cavanaugh was convicted Monday. Prosecutors said her partner, Mark Gray, fired shots at a pickup truck driven by a teen who entered the couple’s home around 3:30 a.m. in August 2018. Cavanaugh was accused of telling Gray to “get your gun” then “shoot” or “shoot him.”

Police said the teen, who wasn’t hurt, went to the address based on a text message he had received.

Cavanaugh, who lost her job, had said the truck was being driven toward them when the shots were fired. She denied saying “shoot.”

Gray awaits trial on reckless conduct, criminal threatening, assault and criminal mischief charges.


This story has been corrected to show that the teenager was shot at, not shot.

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