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September 30. 2012 11:46PM

Ex-wife alleged gun misuse against retired Auburn officer

A retired Auburn police lieutenant, accused of stealing a rifle from the police station evidence room, was the subject of a domestic violence petition filed by his wife in 2009 that accused him of misfiring his service revolver, sending a bullet into his bedroom mattress.

A temporary restraining order was issued against David Flight, 52, and he was required to surrender all weapons, including his police department-issued gun.

His wife said in court records that the police department put Flight on desk duty.

She also alleged that he had allowed his 11-year-old daughter to handle his loaded service revolver.

Flight denied all of his wife’s allegations and Angela Flight withdrew her petition about a week later, according to records on file in 10th Circuit Court, Derry Family Division.

The couple ultimately divorced.

The Flights were married for about 11 months when David Flight filed for divorce. According to court records, their relationship was tumultuous; they separated on numerous occasions.

They were married on May 31, 2008, and their son was born about two months later. Their divorce was finalized on May 27, 2010, 11 months after Flight filed for it.

Angela Flight filed for the domestic violence petition the day after her husband filed for divorce. In it, she alleged he shot a hole in the mattress of their bed on June 3, 2009. In divorce documents, Mrs. Flight said her husband told her the gun went off accidentally when he was tapping it on the bed frame.

She also alleged he carried and had loaded handguns in their Auburn home.

She called police on June 6, 2009, saying he allegedly threatened her as she was preparing for her daughter’s wedding, showed up at the wedding uninvited and later came to their home.

The couple was apparently separated at that time and Mrs. Flight was staying in the marital home.

A temporary restraining order was issued and Flight was ordered to surrender all weapons. Mrs. Flight said he had police-issued guns and his own guns, although she did not specifically list what they were.

Auburn police informed her they could not investigate the incident because it was a conflict, and state police were called. A trooper, however, was not available until the next morning, when Mrs. Flight spoke with Trooper David Kane.

Kane said he assisted in the investigation, that Flight was never charged criminally in connection with the domestic violence incident and that it was Auburn police who confiscated the guns.

In divorce documents, Mrs. Flight said she had grave concerns with Flight’s ability to properly parent their child because of anger management issues.

Flight disputed all of his wife’s allegations and, in court papers, told her to prove them.

The court said she did not provide any documentation or evidence to support her allegations that Flight lacked the ability to parent his son.

The court approved joint custody and awarded Flight their Auburn home, which he owned for 19 years prior to their marriage.

He was ordered to pay child support of $170 a week.

pgrossmith@unionleader.com


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