By PHILLIP BANTZ
And his son, who police had apparently come for the night of the shooting, was also no stranger to the criminal justice system.
While arresting 26-year-old Jesse Jarvis on a probation violation Saturday, authorities said they learned that his father, Anthony “Tony” Jarvis Sr., had a weapon and was a felon, which is a crime.
Anthony Jarvis, 53, was subsequently killed in a hail of police gunfire when he refused to leave a camper on a friend’s property at 60 Summer St. in Charlestown, and a state police trooper suffered non-life-threatening injuries during the shootout, authorities said.
One police bullet pierced Jarvis’ right leg, two went into his “trunk” and multiple bullets left superficial wounds on his body, according to Deputy Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Jennie V. Duval.
Final autopsy results will not be released for another four to six weeks, pending toxicology results.
Keene-based N.H. State Police Trooper Phillip Gaiser, a 10-year veteran, was shot during the incident and remains in stable condition at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, Senior Assistant Attorney General Jane E. Young said in a statement released Monday evening.
Citing an active investigation, Young has not said who fired the first shot or exactly where Gaiser was hit.
Meantime, Jesse Jarvis is being held in an isolation unit at the N.H. State Prison in Concord, according to John F. Eckert, executive assistant to the parole board.
“He’s been on isolation watch in health services,” Eckert said. “I believe he saw his father get killed. I believe he was in some kind of distress over that.”
Jesse Jarvis’ first documented run-in with the law occurred in October 1999 when he was 18.
He was drunk when he stole a pack of blank cassettes and film from a K-Mart in Claremont and struggled with a security guard, Sullivan County Superior Court documents show.
He was taken to the Valley Regional Hospital in Claremont after the incident, and tried to escape by climbing into the bathroom ceiling.
He was sentenced to two to seven years in prison after violating probation twice on two charges of robbery and attempted escape stemming from the incidents at the store and the hospital.
He served five years and one month of the sentence because he was unable to complete substance abuse programs in prison and another inmate accused him of assault.
A judge released Jesse Jarvis from prison in November 2004.
“In the meny (sic) years of my incarceration I have grown from a child to the man I am today,” he wrote in a letter to the court asking for an early release.
“I have learned how to live with the tests of staying clean in a environment where I’m forced to constently (sic) be around drugs such as heroin and prison made alcohol,” he wrote. “I know today I’m strong enough to enter the real world as a man.”
Nearly three months after his release from prison, Jesse Jarvis was arrested on a charge of simple assault for kicking, punching and spitting at Claremont police officers who were trying to stop a fight between Jarvis and another man, court documents show.
He began serving a two- to five-year prison sentence in July 2005 and was released on parole June 26, 2008, according to Jeffrey J. Lyons, spokesman for the N.H. Department of Corrections.
Within a week of his release, he walked away from a state-run substance abuse treatment program in Manchester and was listed as a fugitive from justice.
A warrant for his arrest was issued July 8, Lyons said.
The parole board has up to 45 days to schedule a parole revocation hearing, which will likely be held in late August. The board could decide to impose the remainder of Jesse Jarvis’ sentence, which means he could remain in prison until Jan. 31, 2010.
Like his son, Anthony Jarvis was a young man when he had his first brush with the law.
In February 1973, when he was 17, he stole $37 from the Goodwin Community Center in Claremont.
He later pleaded guilty to charges of burglary and larceny tied to the incident, court documents show.
A week after the community center break-in, he broke into Marson’s Store, also in Claremont, and stole six handguns, two binoculars and 17 boxes of ammunition.
He also admitted to committing the latter crime and served eight months in the Sullivan House of Corrections, where he forcibly stole jail keys from the jailor and was charged with theft.
He was convicted in June 1974 of burglarizing the Claremont Pharmacy and was sent to prison the next month, where he stayed until January 1975, when he was released on parole, said Lyons, the prison spokesman.
While on parole, he robbed an elderly woman of $60 at knife-point, pleaded guilty to the crime and was sent back to prison in October 1975. He was paroled three years later, Lyons said.
The last time Anthony Jarvis had contact with the state prison system was in 2000, when he received two years probation for being a felon in possession of a gun. During a domestic dispute, his wife, Lisa Jarvis, told Claremont police that he’d buried two pistols in their backyard.
Family members and friends said Anthony Jarvis turned his life around after his last conviction and had been counseling troubled youths.
“A lot of people don’t know him,” Mike Beaulieu, who grew up with Anthony Jarvis, told the Associated Press. “They read about the bad stuff, but he had a lot of good in him.”