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March 14, 2012

Seabrook official stands trial in shooting incident at party

BRENTWOOD, N.H. — Prosecutors yesterday worked to prove that a spent bullet casing found near the home of a town official came from his gun, the one police say he fired during a party at his home in 2010.

Albert "Max" Abramson, 35, of 14 Charles Henry Way, Seabrook, faces a jury in Rockingham Superior Court before Judge William Delker. Abramson is charged with eight counts of felony reckless conduct in an incident that took place around 3 a.m. on Dec. 19, 2010. Prosecutors and Seabrook police say that at that time, Abramson fired his Glock handgun recklessly during a party at his home.

Abramson, a member of the Seabrook Budget Committee, was arrested following a report of gunfire on Charles Henry Way and charged by Seabrook police with one count each of unauthorized use of firearms, felony reckless conduct and prohibited sales of alcohol to under-aged individuals. However, after the review of the case by prosecutors in the office of the Rockingham County Attorney, he was indicted on eight counts of felony reckless conduct, one for each individual believed to be present at the time of the gunfire.

Although not admitting to firing the handgun, Abramson, when arrested, defended his actions as simply trying to stop a fight.

The case has been controversial in Seabrook, as Abramson is an elected official. In addition, since his arrest, Abramson has openly found fault with the Seabrook Police Department, claiming at one point that the case against him was "political."

Since being arrested, Abramson has been part of a movement to create a Seabrook Police Commission that would take supervision of the department away from the town manager and selectmen. And at February's Deliberative Town Meeting, Abramson moved to zero-out the police department's budget, eliminating the department altogether and replacing it with Rockingham County Sheriff's officers. The motion was defeated by a large margin of those present.

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