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Northumberland standoff ends without incident

By PAUL FEELY
New Hampshire Union Leader

April 16. 2017 8:56PM

NORTHUMBERLAND — State police say a weekend “standoff” with a man ended peacefully Saturday with the individual being taken into protective custody and flown to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center for treatment.

According to New Hampshire State Police Troop F, on Saturday state troopers responded to a call reporting a man threatening to harm himself at a home in Northumberland. According to state troopers the man — who was not identified — had a high-caliber handgun with him and was in his home along with his estranged wife. A Northumberland police officer was the first to arrive on scene, along with a Lancaster police officer driving through on his way to Lancaster to report for his shift.

A state trooper from Troop F arrived on scene as the Lancaster police officer made contact with the man on a set of steps behind his home. Officers said as they made contact with him, the man walked up the steps carrying a small handgun, keeping the gun down at his side and not saying or threatening anyone. The man went directly into the home.

Police set up a perimeter around the home and attempted to establish a line of communication with the man, as more law enforcement personnel arrived on scene. Police said as they were about to attempt calling the man he came out of his home and lay down in his driveway on his back with his hands out to his side, claiming he was having a heart attack. Officers took the man into protective custody. He was taken to Weeks Hospital in Lancaster and later flown to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Hanover for additional treatment.

Police said no charges were pending against the man as of Sunday night.

No further information was available Sunday.

pfeely@unionleader.com


Public Safety Northumberland