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For Immediate Release
April 15, 2017
For more information contact:
Trooper Christopher Ladd

Barricaded Subject/Medical Call, Northumberland

On Saturday April 15, 2017, the NH State Police, Troop F, received a call of a male party threatening to harm himself in the town of Northumberland. The information received by Troop F was that the subject had a high caliber handgun and was in his house along with his estranged wife. A Northumberland officer, who was not on duty and had to be called out, was the first to arrive on scene, along with a Lancaster Officer passing through town on his way to Lancaster for his duty shift.

A Troop F Trooper arrived on scene just as the Lancaster officer was making contact with the male out behind his home in a wooded area. The Northumberland officer was in the process of clearing any residents and pedestrians from the area. Both officers and the Troopers were able to make contact with the subject on a set of steps behind his home. As they made contact, he came up the steps carrying a small handgun. The subject did not say anything or threaten anyone and was carrying the gun down by his side. He came up the steps and went directly into the home. Officers attempted to get him to stay outside but were unable to do so.

At this time, the officers took cover and made a perimeter around the home for the safety of the public and themselves. As communication was attempted with the subject, more Troopers, Conservations Officers for NH Fish and Game and the Northumberland Chief arrived on scene. Just as phone communication was about to be attempted, the subject came out of his home and lay in his driveway on his back with his hands out to his side. He was claiming he was having a medical issue, which he later clarified as a heart attack.

Officers on scene, where able to take the subject into protective custody and immediately render medical assistance from Groveton EMS who was already on scene. He was taken to Weeks Hospital in Lancaster and later flown to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Hanover for further treatment.

Along with the Northumberland Police Department, the NH State Police would like to thank the Lancaster Police department, the NH Department of Fish and Game, Groveton EMS and Fire Department for the their assistance. The State Police also appreciates the cooperation of the residents of the neighborhood for their help in making the area safe by remaining in their homes.

No charges are pending at this time.

No further information available at this time.

   
 
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