Joseph Hurley, 62, Faces Charges After Danvers Shooting Incident

Joseph Hurley, 62, appeared in Salem District Court by video from his hospital bed on Tuesday after allegedly shooting his wife and engaging in gunfire with police in Danvers on Monday (Feb 5, 2024).

He was ordered jailed without bail until a dangerousness hearing because he faced numerous counts stemming from the violent event.

A Frightening Sequence of Events Occurs

Hurley allegedly shot his wife several times at a mobile park on Newbury Street. Miraculously, she managed to flee to a nearby trailer, triggering a quick response from authorities.

As officers hurried to help the injured woman, Hurley allegedly opened fire on them, resulting in a tense standoff.

Fortunately, no officers were harmed during the exchange of fire.

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The Suspect is in Custody and the Wife is Critical But Stable

Despite having gunshot wounds in her head, neck, back, and hands, Hurley’s wife was able to receive medical care.

Police quickly removed her from the trailer and treated her on the way to the hospital, where she remains in critical but stable condition.

Meanwhile, it took a SWAT squad around two hours to apprehend Hurley, who was later discovered with a self-inflicted chest wound.

Joseph Hurley, 62, Faces Charges After Danvers Shooting Incident

Prosecutors Describe Charges Against Hurley

During the court proceedings, prosecutors outlined Hurley’s serious accusations, which included armed assault with intent to murder, three counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, unlawful possession of a firearm, and unlawful possession of ammunition.

Hurley was shown to have made damning remarks to authorities, acknowledging his gloomy fate.

Hurley’s neighbors told WBZ-TV that he had a criminal background, including prior incarceration.

Police discovered guns at the scene, despite Hurley’s lack of a valid carry permit.

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Waiting for Dangerousness Hearing

Hurley was remanded into jail in the hospital, and a judge ordered him held without bail until a dangerousness hearing on February 12.

As the investigation progresses and the community deals with the fallout from the violent occurrence, investigators continue to put together the circumstances leading up to the fatal tragedy in Danvers.

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