A Stoughton man called police early yesterday and said his girlfriend had been hurt when fireworks went off accidentally.
But police allege that when officers showed up at the home of Ralph Nardi , it was obvious that the woman's leg wound had been caused by a shotgun, not pyrotechnics.
The 57-year-old Stoughton woman is in the hospital, and Nardi, 61, faces seven charges, including assault with intent to murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, illegal firearms possession without a license, unlawful possession of ammunition, and defacing a firearm serial number. He was held without bail and is to be arraigned today in Stoughton District Court.
Stoughton police said that Nardi told officers, who responded around 1 a.m. yesterday, that his girlfriend, whose name has not been released, dropped a cigarette on some fireworks that he had placed on the living room floor, setting off an explosion that severely injured her leg.
When officers said that they did not believe him, Nardi allegedly admitted to holding the shotgun, but claimed that a pillow became stuck in the trigger guard and caused the shotgun to fire.
"Yeah, I was pointing a loaded shotgun at my girlfriend, but it wasn't my fault she got shot. The pillow did it!"
Shoot your girlfriend in the leg with a shotgun in Stoughton, Massachusetts, and you'll be immediately charged with (among other things) assault with intent to murder and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.
But, shoot a cop in the leg in Boston, and...well, the jury's still out on that one, trying to figure out, apparently, if any laws were actually broken.