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By Michael Hartwell


TOWNSEND — A Townsend man was shot and wounded by his father after allegedly assaulting him and making death threats Monday night.

Derek A. Johnson, 38, of Townsend, was treated for two gunshot wounds to his legs before he was arraigned in Ayer District Court Tuesday morning on charges including assault with intent to murder, breaking and entering, malicious destruction of property, assault and battery and threatening to commit a crime.

He is being held pending a dangerousness hearing later this week.

Townsend police got a call at 9 p.m. Monday for a reported shooting at 198 Lunenburg Road. Homeowner Alan E. Johnson, 59, told police his son had attacked him, left the home, returned, kicked in the front door and assaulted him a second time, telling his father he was going to kill him. Alan Johnson said at that point, he shot his son twice out of fear for his own life.

Lunenburg police assisted Townsend police on the call.

Cara O’Brien, spokeswoman for Middlesex District Attorney Gerard Leone Jr., said Derek Johnson was not armed when he allegedly attacked his father.

A second call came in several minutes after the first. The second call was for a gunshot victim at 14 Depot St., where Derek Johnson’s mother lives.

With the assistance of Townsend, Groton and Pepperell police, Townsend EMS treated Derek Johnson for his two gunshots and transported him to Nashoba Valley Medical Center. He was treated there and transported to UMass Memorial Hospital in Worcester as a precaution before being released and arraigned.

Derek Johnson’s next scheduled court appearance will be on Thursday for a dangerousness hearing.

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