Methuen Police Arrest Man After Two Homes Struck by Bullets

METHUEN – Mayor Stephen N. Zanni and Chief Joseph Solomon report that the Methuen Police Department has arrested a man after he allegedly fired multiple shots into two homes early this morning.
JOHN T. PAPPALARDO, AGE 51, OF METHUEN, was arrested and charged with:
  • Eight counts of Assault with a Dangerous Weapon
  • Two counts of Malicious Damage over $250
  • Discharging a Firearm within 500 feet of a Building
On Saturday, Nov. 4, at approximately 1:55 a.m., Methuen Police were dispatched to the area of Weybossett Street at Clifton Road for a report of possible gun shots fired.
Upon arrival, police were informed by a resident of Weybossett Street that a man, later identified as Pappalardo, may have just fired several gun shots in the area near his home and his neighbor’s home. A preliminary investigation revealed that each of the victim’s houses had been struck by multiple bullets. No injuries were reported.
Upon further investigation, police learned that Pappalardo had been seen driving a dark colored pick-up truck away from the scene.
Police were able to locate a vehicle matching the description of Pappalardo’s vehicle parked outside his residence. After securing a perimeter, police were able to make contact with Pappalardo inside his home and he was taken into custody without incident.
Pappalardo is being held at the Methuen Police Station on $50,000 bail and is expected to be arraigned in Lawrence District Court on Monday.
Tom Duggan

Tom Duggan

Tom Duggan is president and publisher of The Valley Patriot Newspaper in North Andover, Massachusetts. He is an author, host of the Paying Attention TV/Radio Program, lectures on media bias and police issues, is a former Lawrence School Committeeman, former political director for Mass. Citizens Alliance, and a 1990 Police Survivor. You can email your comments to

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