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Man Arrested for Pointing Gun at Door to Door Salesmen

For Immediate Release: 6/21/2011 11:55 am

Worcester, MA (June 21, 2011) - On Monday, June 20, 2011 at approximately 8:00 PM Worcester Police responded to Westmoreland Street for a report of an assault with a gun. Upon police arrival they met with two male victims. According to the victims, they were going house to house soliciting business as part of a promotion to sell home windows. Both men informed the police that they went to 31 Westmoreland Street and knocked on the door of the side porch. A male opened the door holding a shotgun in his hand and asked the two what they wanted. The men explained that they were selling home windows and at that moment the man inside the house pointed the shotgun at the two. The men fled the property and called police.

Several police units responded to the area and secured the perimeter of the home. As police were attempting to call the man inside the home he came out of the house and approached the officers unarmed. The police asked the man if he had any weapons located in his house and he stated that he had a shotgun in the kitchen and a revolver in his bedroom. The homeowner stated that there was nobody else in the home. The homeowner was identified as Dennis Troy, 62 years old. Mr. Troy stated that he did not want the guns anymore and allowed the police to retrieve them. The weapons were located and rendered safe; they were then transported to the Worcester Police station and secured.

Mr. Troy was placed under arrest and charged with two counts of Assault and Battery With a Dangerous Weapon. Mr. Troy does have an active license to carry firearms. He will be arraigned at the Worcester County District Courthouse on Tuesday, June 21, 2011.

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