Pelham Appoints Replacement For Indicted Police Chief

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A Massachusetts town has appointed an acting police chief while its current chief faces an involuntary manslaughter charge in the accidental shooting death of an 8-year-old boy.

Pelham's Board of Selectmen on Monday appointed Lt. Gary Thomann to take over Edward Fleury's duties.

Fleury has kept out of sight since Christopher Bizilj (bah-SEEL') shot himself in the head with an Uzi during an October gun fair at the Westfield Sportsman's Club.
Board chairman William Martell tells The Republican of Springfield that Fleury will remain on sick leave until Jan. 6.

Fleury owns the company that sponsored the gun fair. He has not returned calls for comment.

Two men who brought the automatic weapon to the fair were also indicted, as was the club where it was held.

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