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Ex-college employee pleads not guilty in accidental shooting

A former employee at a Massachusetts college who is accused of injuring another school employee in an accidental shooting has pleaded not guilty.

The Enterprise News reports 57-year-old Dean Tupper, of Easton, pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Taunton District Court to multiple charges, including assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and improper storage of a firearm.

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Police say Tupper's reckless handling of a firearm led to the accidental Oct. 11 shooting of David Pigeon in the plumber's shop of Stonehill College's Clock Farm. According to a police report, Tupper had originally told police he was making a homemade bullet when it exploded. Police later determined a firearm had discharged the round.

Tupper was fired after the shooting.

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A pretrial hearing is scheduled for Feb. 13.

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Information from: The (Brockton, Mass.) Enterprise, http://www.enterprisenews.com

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