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Police: Nashua standoff ends after man shoots himself to death

By KIMBERLY HOUGHTON
Union Leader Correspondent and
KEVIN LANDRIGAN
New Hampshire Union Leader

October 20. 2017 4:03PM
A SWAT team stands-by in Nashua as police deal with an individual barricaded in an Auburn Street home. (Jeffrey Hastings)

NASHUA -- A day-long police standoff in a Nashua neighborhood ended Friday night after a man shot himself to death, police said.

The unidentified man in his 20s had barricaded himself in a residence on Auburn Street near Holman Stadium starting at roughly 11:30 a.m.

Nashua Police after 8 p.m. declared that the incident was over after it found the man was dead.

Authorities confirmed the man went into a woman’s apartment and made threats with a gun, but the woman got away.

Nashua police officials said they tried to convince the man to give himself up and they fired no shots in the incident.

“It’s not really a good night for anybody,” Deputy Chief Denis Linehan told reporters.

By early afternoon, there was a heavy police presence in the vicinity and police were confirming that an individual was barricaded in a residence.

People Friday afternoon were being encouraged to stay away from the area.

“We are in the area of Auburn Street dealing with a barricaded subject,” said Lt. Craig Allard of the Nashua Police Department about 3:30 p.m., shortly after the city’s emergency management division issued an alert to city residents to avoid Beard Street and Fletcher streets as well. The alert asked people in the area to shelter in place until further notice.

“The SWAT team is on scene and assessing the situation,” he said.

Officials at Amherst Street Elementary School alerted parents by email Friday afternoon of the ongoing situation.

“We are advising that students that live in the area of Beard Street be picked up from school at dismissal. It is not safe for students to walk home to that area today,” the notice said.


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