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A Massachusetts state trooper who is a decorated war hero was released on personal recognizance today after being arraigned on charges that he allegedly drove drunk, crashed his car on a Dorchester street, pointed his gun at a Boston police officer, and later fired his gun into the ceiling of his home.
About a dozen family members, friends, and co-workers, including at least five men in military uniforms, attended the hearing today for Timothy J. Walsh, 41, in Dorchester District Court.
Judge Robert Tochka ordered Walsh to give up any firearms in his possession, surrender his firearms identification card, stay away from establishments that serve alcohol, and undergo a mental health evaluation within a week.
Defense attorney Lisa Medeiros told the court that Walsh's alleged acts were "a complete aberration" for a man who is a good citizen. Walsh, wearing a light-blue dress shirt, was behind a glass partition and looked down during the entire arraignment.
"The Department of State Police condemns the actions alleged," spokesman David Procopio said in a statement.
He said the department would monitor the criminal case and hold a hearing this week to determine Walsh's status as a trooper.
"We are grateful beyond words that no one -- not the Boston police officers, not an innocent bystander, and not Trooper Walsh -- was injured -- or worse -- by gunfire. We thank the Boston police for the professionalism and restraint with which they handled this incident," he said.
Walsh, an 18-year State Police veteran, was wrestled to the ground by police after the incident at about 1:30 a.m. Saturday, Boston police said. Walsh has been on military leave for the past five years, during which he has done multiple tours in Afghanistan. He received the Army Commendation Medal for valor in December 2009.
Walsh faces charges of operating under the influence of alcohol, leaving the scene of an accident, assault with a dangerous weapon, illegal discharge of a firearm, and operating an unregistered motor vehicle.
The judge slated a pretrial hearing for Nov. 29.
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