Worcester, Mass. Firefighter Facing Serious Charges

(NECN: Mike Cronin) - What began as a domestic stalking complaint turned into a major weapons investigation in Worcester, Mass.

Police say they seized assault rifles, handguns and shotguns, as well as ammunition, from the suspect's home.

Now, a Worcester firefighter faces serious charges.

A dozen weapons, rifles, handguns, shotguns and ammunition, were found by police in Jonathan Peters' home on Indiana Street in Worcester.

Neighbor William Bennett has been living in the area for 45 years and hasn't seen anything like this.

"No kidding. I'm surprised because never have I seen anybody around here out of place."

Tuesday morning, police received a call from Peters' wife about a domestic incident.

"She explained to us that there'd been some problems within their relationship and that she had concerns because her husband had in his possession numerous firearms,” said Sgt. Kerry Hazelhurst.

Police got a search warrant and discovered the weapons. They say many were loaded and not properly secured. They also say peters did not have a license to possess any of them.

"The weapons that we did discover, had he had a license to carry or an fid, he could have been in possession of these weapons with the exception of the sawed off shotgun."

Peters is a Worcester firefighter. He was arrested on Tuesday night and is now facing a number of charges.

"We're pleased that we were able to get this kind of weaponry off the streets. We're very thankful that the woman stepped up and contact us,” said Sgt. Hazelhurst.

The Worcester Fire Department would only confirm Peters has been a firefighter for less than a year. Neighbors say the 29-year-old recently served two tours in Iraq. Bennett says he lived on Indiana Street for a little over a year. The two always exchanged a friendly hello.

"I don't know him that well. He seemed like a heck of a nice guy. He was always polite. I can't believe it. I really can't believe it."

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