Ex-chief in Uzi death case denies unrelated gun charges

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NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) — A former Massachusetts police chief acquitted of charges connected to the 2008 death of an 8-year-old boy at a gun show has pleaded not guilty to unrelated weapons charges.

Ex-Pelham Chief Edward Fleury was freed on personal recognizance after his appearance Tuesday in Hampshire Superior Court on charges of assault with a dangerous weapon and 22 counts of improper storage of firearms.

Prosecutors allege the 57-year-old Fleury pointed a loaded gun at a friend outside a Belchertown bar in August. A subsequent search of Fleury’s home uncovered 22 guns police say were improperly stored.

His lawyer was not available Wednesday.

He was acquitted of manslaughter connected to the death of  Christopher Bizilj of Ashford, who accidentally shot himself with an Uzi at a gun show sponsored by Fleury’s firearms training company in 2008.