NEWBURYPORT – A judge ordered an Amesbury man held in jail on illegal weapon possession and domestic abuse charges Tuesday following his arraignment a day earlier in Newburyport District Court.
According to court records, several police officers went to the Aubin Street, Amesbury, home of 26-year-old Zachary Lafollette on Sunday morning after a woman claimed he attacked her and later said he was armed.
In all, five officers responded to the home and quickly handcuffed Lafollette. When police searched him they found a .38-caliber pistol in his back pocket. Police also found a rifle and shotgun underneath a bed. He later told police he didn’t have a license to own firearms.
Lafollette was charged with two counts of assault and battery of a family/household member, three counts of unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition and improper storage of a firearm (two counts).
At Lafollette’s arraignment Monday morning, he was ordered held after he was found to be too dangerous to society or his alleged victim to be afforded bail while awaiting trial. He is due back in court July 8 for a pretrial hearing.
According to a report, the victim claimed Lafollette attacked her the night before and then again Sunday morning after she threatened to leave the house. At the time of Sunday morning’s attack, Lafollette’s three children were in the house. The first attack took place Saturday evening in his car and continued at the house. During the argument in the kitchen, Lafollette grabbed his pistol from upstairs and went back downstairs.
“She stated she believed he brought it down because he was mad but never threatened her with it,” Officer Ronald Guilmette wrote in his report, adding that Lafollette had threatened to kill her in the past.
Once Lafollette was handcuffed and the Derringer pistol – a style that usually holds two rounds – removed from his back pocket, he told police he had other weapons in the house. Police went upstairs and found a scoped rifle and a pump-action shotgun beneath his bed in a place where his children could have grabbed them.
“These children actually lead Officer (Denis) Champagne to the location of the rifle and shotgun under Zachary’s bed,” Guilmette wrote in his report.
Neither of the long guns had gun locks. Officers also found ammunition for all three firearms in an unlocked nightstand. Lafollette admitted he didn’t have a license to carry.
“He did, however, serve five years in the military where he worked as a police officer,” Guilmette wrote in his report.
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