Billerica – On Wednesday, August 12, 2020 at approximately 8:22 A.M., Billerica PD received a 911 emergency call reporting possible shots fired at 8 Harvard Road, Billerica. The caller reported seeing two individuals at the rear of the home, one of which was carrying what appeared to be a rifle. The caller, who does not reside at the reported address, further stated they heard what sounded like a gun being fired. On arrival, police were able to establish phone contact with one of the residents of the home who subsequently came out of the house at police request due to safety concerns. The resident, later identified as Travis Yailaian, 25, of 8 Harvard Road, confirmed that there were two additional adult males in the house. Both of these males were invited guests of Mr. Yailaian who had hosted a gathering of friends the night prior. Mr. Yailaian, who is a legally licensed gun owner, reported that he had been sleeping in the house and was suddenly awoken to a loud noise consistent with a gun shot. After exhaustive attempts were made to establish communication with the other occupants of the home, the NEMLEC SWAT team was called to assist Billerica Police with safely securing the home for a search warrant for firearms related to the reported gunfire. At approximately 1:15 P.M. the two adult males from inside #8 Harvard Road voluntarily exited. Police subsequently confirmed that nobody was injured and the home was deemed safe. The subsequent investigation determined that one of the invited guests, Dilan Kenney, 25, of Billerica, had walked out into the yard behind the residence and fired a single round from a shotgun that belonged to the homeowner.
Following a completed investigation into the incident, Billerica Police have filed charges:
Dilan Kenney, 25, of Billerica has been charged with: 1. Unlawful Possession Outside of Home of a Firearm in violation of MGL c. 269 § 10(a); 2. Discharge of a Firearm within 500 feet of a Dwelling in violation of MGL c. 269 § 12E
Travis Yailaian, 25, of Billerica has been charged with: 1. Four (4) counts of Improper Firearm Storage in violation of MGL c. 140 § 131L; 2. Misleading a Police Investigation in violation of MGL c. 268 §13B
Both individuals will be arraigned in Lowell District Court on September 10, 2020. Both individuals are presumed innocent of the accusations until proven guilty Beyond a Reasonable Doubt in court.
Any additional questions should be directed to Deputy Chief Roy Frost, 978-215-9653.