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January 14, 2011

Police Chief Acquitted in 8 Year Old Boy's Death

Almost three years after Christopher Bizilj of Ashford, Connecticut, fired and accidentally shot himself with an Uzi submachine gun at a Massachusetts gun fair, the organizer, former Pelham Police Chief Edward Fleury was found not guilty of involuntary manslaughter. Had Fleury been charged, he faced 20 years in prison. The Machine Gun Shoot and Firearms Expo at the Westfield Sportsman's Club is an annual gun show near Springfield, Massachusetts. The Expo was promoted as educational and deemed safe and legal.

Dr. Charles Bizilj, Christopher's father, had to sign a waiver before using the guns, absolving anyone at liability in the case of injury or death. The waiver also covered his sons, Colin, who was 11, and Christopher, who was 8. Under Charles Bizilj's supervision, both boys shot the Uzi. The only other direct supervision was provided by Michael Spano, who was 15 at the time and who bore witness to Christopher Bizilj's death, when the Uzi he was shooting kicked back and shot him in the head.

The latest, full article if featured in the Boston Globe, Gun fair organizer acquitted in boy's Uzi death.