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Police: Manchester man crashes car, waves gun at crowd, is knocked unconscious

By DOUG ALDEN
New Hampshire Union Leader

October 23. 2017 11:15AM
BRIAN LANDRY 

MANCHESTER — A city man who hit two parked cars while speeding on Hanover Street pulled a loaded gun from his waistband during a confrontation with witnesses who attempted to keep him from fleeing the scene, police said Monday.

Brian Landry, 51, was unconscious when police responding to a call for a fight arrived to the area of 429 Hanover St. around 5:40 p.m. Sunday. Witnesses said Landry pulled a loaded .38 caliber revolver and was waving it around and threatening people in the crowd, including two children, before three bystanders took him to the ground and disarmed him, police Lt. Brian O'Keefe said.

"Fortunately nobody was seriously injured, other than a couple of stitches for the individual taken into custody," O'Keefe said. "We could have had a far worse outcome."

Landry, of 101 Watts St., was arraigned in Hillsborough County Superior Court-North on Monday, his right eye swollen and bruised from the altercation the previous evening when witnesses described him as extremely intoxicated and smelling strongly of alcohol.

According to an affidavit for Landry's arrest, a man who was in his car on Hanover Street said he saw a gold Toyota Camry headed east on Hanover at a high rate of speed, hitting the man's car and sideswiping another. Landry, who was driving the Toyota, continued for about 100 yards before parking and walking back toward the cars he hit, O'Keefe said.

Landry was yelling obscenities at a woman outside her home and approaching her in an "aggressive manner" when the woman's boyfriend, identified as Richard Blais, 32, stepped in and pushed Landry away from the woman, according to the affidavit. An altercation ensued and one of the women's two children yelled "Gun!" when he saw Landry pull the gun from his waistband and waved it around, police said.

Blais told police that he and two other bystanders were able to take down Landry, who was unconscious when officers arrived and found the loaded .38 Magnum at the scene, O'Keefe said.

"Fortunately, quick action was taken. He was disarmed and at the end of the day nobody got seriously injured," O'Keefe said.

Landry was taken to Elliot Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and arrested on charges of criminal threatening and reckless conduct.

An officer stated in the affidavit that a strong odor of alcohol was still coming from Landry at the hospital and several 24-ounce beers were visible in a shopping bag on the floor in front of the front passenger seat of his vehicle. Landry was also issued a summons for operating under the influence of drugs/alcohol, police said.

Judge Diane Nicolosi set Landry's bail at $5,000 cash during his arraignment Monday afternoon.

dalden@unionleader.com


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