AYER -- A 20-year old Lunenburg man faces attempted murder, battery and weapons charges following his arrest in Ayer early Saturday morning. Mark Kauffman of 80 Kilburn St. in Lunenburg was arrested on Groton Harvard road at 1:02 a.m. on Saturday morning.

Ayer Police Sgt. John MacDonald and Officers Eric Pearson and George Fichter arrived at the scene of a disturbance and arrested Kauffman, who was allegedly fighting with and strangling another person. According to the Ayer police report, Kauffman also possessed bullets without a license, a drug without a prescription, and brass knuckles.

After the arrest, Ayer police contacted Lunenburg police because "there was some indication that this person had firearms at his (Lunenburg) residence," according to a Tuesday statement by Ayer police on the department's Facebook page. "Later on in the morning, we were asked by Lunenburg police to re-arrest this individual if we saw him because there were indeed firearms found at his residence and he was unlicensed."

Kauffman was later found and arrested at a friend's home in Ayer. Kauffman was later transferred to Lunenburg Police. Kauffman and was charged with attempted murder, assault and battery, possession of ammunition without a Firearms Identification (FID) card, possession of a class B substance, and carrying a dangerous weapon.

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