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New Hampshire: Burglar Gets A Surprise

April 17, 2009

Seabrook, New Hampshire

From April 15, 2009 Seacoast Online:

PORTSMOUTH — When Christopher Duhan kicked open the back door of a Seabrook residence to commit a Monday afternoon burglary, he was met by the lady of the house who chased him off with her handgun, according to police.

Duhan, 28, of 147 Ashworth Ave., Hampton Beach, was arraigned Tuesday in Portsmouth District Court on a felony count of burglary. According to an affidavit by officer Scott Mendes, Seabrook patrol officers were dispatched to a B Street residence at 12:30 p.m. Monday, for an “active” daytime burglary. The homeowner told police she was about to take a shower when she heard “loud crashing,” so she grabbed her pistol and came face-to-face with the intruder, who she recognized as Duhan, a drug-dependent friend of a family member, according to court documents.

Gun in hand, the homeowner told Duhan she was calling the police before he fled across Route 1, police allege. Based on a clothing and vehicle description, Seabrook police arrested Duhan at a Hampton hotel where he has been residing, according to the affidavit.


New Hampshire: Police: Woman Killed When Couple Shoots At Each Other

December 18, 2007

Newbury, New Hampshire

From WMRU of December 17, 2007

Police: Woman Killed When Couple Shoots At Each Other

A Newbury man shot and killed his wife after she fired a shotgun blast at him during an argument, police said.

Karen Dion, 38, was killed Sunday in her driveway.

In a statement, authorities said Dion’s husband, Gary Dion, 37, called police around 2:30 p.m. to report shots fired at their home. Arriving officers found Mrs. Dion’s body in the driveway.

Police say the exchange of gunfire was prompted by a dispute between husband and wife.

“After that dispute, Mrs. Dion retrieved a shotgun and fired it at Mr. Dion, who was outside clearing the driveway,” said a statement from the attorney general’s office and police. “Mr. Dion then retrieved his own firearm and after being confronted by Mrs. Dion, who still had her shotgun, he shot and killed her in the driveway of their home.”

Dion, who had been using a snowblower, was not injured, said Senior Assistant Attorney General Jeff Strelzin.

Dion has not been charged as the investigation continues. He was not armed when police arrived, Strelzin said, and was released Sunday night after questioning.

Strelzin said many details had not been pinned down, or could not be released as police investigate.

Strelzin told WMUR-TV that Mrs. Dion fired at her husband from a balcony, and that Gary Dion then got a handgun from his vehicle and shot her near a garage.

He could not elaborate on Karen Dion’s wound, the number of shots fired or the nature of the dispute.

“Generally, we are looking into their relationship, their history, which will include talking to neighbors, family and friends,” Strelzin said.

Strelzin said as far as they know, no one else saw the incident, and police were canvassing the neighborhood to see if anyone heard anything.

He said the home is on Mountain Road, off Route 103, and can be seen by at least one other home.

June 26, 2007

Londonderry, New Hampshire

From the Eagle Tribune of June 25, 2007

Murder victim shot at prowler months before he was killed

About 18 months before he was murdered, Jack Reid stepped from his home early one November morning, armed with a .357-caliber Magnum, and fired at an intruder crouching between two vehicles on his property, according to police reports.

On Nov. 8, 2003, two Londonderry police officers responded to 47 Rockingham Road, where Reid was living at the time. One used a police dog to track the prowler into the woods.

Reid told police he fired five shots at a man dressed in dark clothing, who stood up between the two vehicles and yelled “Jack!” before running into the woods. Reid said the man was hiding between a station wagon and a moving van.

State police who are investigating Reid’s murder in June 2005 have made the three-year-old incident part of their investigation. On Tuesday, authorities charged John Brooks, 54, formerly of 68 High Range Road in Londonderry, and three other men with conspiring to kill Reid near 145 North Road in Deerfield, N.H.

The state attorney general’s office has refused to disclose a motive for the killing, saying only police are still gathering evidence. Reid, 57, was living in a trailer in Derry at 25 Scobie Pond Road when he went missing June 27, 2005. His body was found a week later in a dump truck parked behind a Target department store in Saugus, about 40 miles from his home. The truck was one Reid used for his salvage collection business.

Londonderry police Officer Scott Balukonis and K-9 Officer John Perry wrote separate reports about the Nov. 8, 2003, incident. Those reports detail their actions in response to Reid’s call to police, made around 1:06 a.m. Reid told police his dog, tied up outside his trailer, woke him up.

Zip, the police dog that responded to Reid’s call, located a human scent where Reid said he spotted the man. He described the intruder to police as 5 feet 10 inches tall, wearing black clothing and a black hat. Reid said he did not recognize the prowler, even though the man had yelled his first name.

“Zip began to track strongly between the two vehicles,” Perry wrote. The officer spotted fresh footprints and disturbed leaves through the woods as the police dog followed the scent.

Reid’s longtime friend Paul Mackey told The Eagle-Tribune in a June 2006 interview that Reid “never got a good look at the person. He had an idea of who it could have been.”

The reports make no mention of Reid telling police he suspected the identity of the prowler.

Balukonis advised Reid to lock his firearm inside the trailer prior to the officers arriving at the home. The department later cleared Reid of any wrongdoing.

Reid said he told the prowler to stop before the man stood up between the vehicles, Balukonis wrote. After the man stood, Reid told police, he started shooting.


May 13, 2007

Franconia, New Hampshire

From the Boston Globe of May 13, 2007

Feud turned deadly in N.H.

Passerby guns down police officer’s killer

New Hampshire authorities said yesterday that they will not press charges against a former Marine who stepped into a deadly shooting and killed a 24-year-old high school dropout who had moments earlier fatally shot a police officer.

The former Marine, Gregory W. Floyd, 49, was driving with his son along Route 116 in Franconia on Friday night when he saw Liko Kenney, 24, shoot Franconia Police Corporal Bruce McKay, 48, four times in the torso. After Kenney drove his Toyota Celica over McKay as the officer lay on the ground, Floyd grabbed the officer’s service weapon and shot and killed Kenney.

Authorities said the double shooting was the bloody climax of a long-simmering feud between McKay, a 12-year-veteran of the three-member department, and Kenney, a cousin of World Cup champion skier Bode Miller.

In 2003, Kenney was convicted of assaulting McKay, authorities said. Kenney had contended that McKay had assaulted him, breaking his jaw and leaving him in a coma, according to Bode Miller’s father, Woody.

“It was a bad mixture waiting to happen,” said Connie McKenzie , a nurse who said she had tried to ad minister CPR to McKay on the lawn in front of her 18th-century farmhouse on Route 116. “They hated each other.”

New Hampshire’s attorney general, Kelly A. Ayotte, said Floyd will not face charges because he was justified in using deadly force.

“Based on the results of the investigation, our conclusion is that Gregory Floyd’s actions were justified based upon dangerous circumstances confronted with and efforts to assist McKay,” Ayotte said at a news conference in Concord.

Captain Russell Conte of the New Hampshire State Police condemned the slaying of McKay, a New York native who had a 9-year-old daughter, Courtney, and in June was to marry his fiancée, who has a 14-year-old daughter, Kylea.

“Something this egregious affects everyone in law enforcement, and it is the ultimate act of defiance for someone to shoot a police officer when he’s doing his duties,” Conte said.


May 2, 2007

Hampton Falls, New Hampshire

From Manchester’s of May 2, 2007

Police: Homeowner Confronts Intruder, Fires Rifle

A homeowner made a daring move on Monday night when he discovered an intruder in his Hampton Falls home.

Police said the man arrived at his Kensington Road home and noticed shadows inside. He grabbed a shotgun and went inside.

The homeowner and an armed, masked intruder came face-to-face, and police said the homeowner fired his rifle.

The shot missed the burglar, who ran to the basement of the home.

Police said the owner of the home then called 911. Somehow during that time the intruder escaped.

State and local police responded and searched the area but did not find anyone. Nothing had been taken from the home.

Police said that the home has been the site of a previous break-in where several people wearing dark clothing were found inside. They are investigating the most recent burglary.

Officers recommend that people do not confront an intruder. They said people should get to a safe place and call for help.

Shotgun, rifle, whatever–one of those long thangs that make a loud noise.

April 15, 2007

Manchester, New Hampshire

From the Manchester Union-Leader of April 15, 2007

Gunfight at bar leaves one wounded, another in custody

Bullets flew outside the Uptown Tavern early yesterday when a peeved patron began shooting at a doorman after being thrown out of the club. The shooter himself was shot twice by an armed customer who rushed to the bouncer’s defense, a club owner and police said.

The shooter had missed doorman Chad Ryan after firing about four shots at him in the 1301 Elm St. club’s parking lot when the alleged gunman was himself hit twice by the unidentified patron who returned fire about 12:45 a.m., said club co-owner Dave Somers.

The wounded suspect, identified by police as Eliezer Encarnacion, 26, and his companion — both of whom were thrown out of the club moments earlier — ran from the parking lot up Myrtle Street with an angry group of club patrons in pursuit.

“A bunch of people came pouring out of the Uptown yelling, ‘Are you going to shoot at me?’ and started chasing them,” said Jessica Doty, 20, who lives next door.

Encarnacion, of 214 Bremer St., Apt. 2, limped nearly the length of the block — splattering blood on porch stoops, the sidewalk and street — before he collapsed near 83 Myrtle St. and the group caught up with him and his friend, witnesses said.

“There was a mob of people chasing after them,” said one neighbor, who refused to give his name. After tracking down the pair, “they opened up their cell phones to see what had happened … I thought they were going to beat him up, but they didn’t. I think they saw the guy was hurt,” the neighbor continued.

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March 3, 2007

Windham, New Hampshire

From the North Andover (MA) Eagle-Tribune of March 2, 2007

Man released after shooting stepbrother

A family argument escalated into violence Thursday, when one stepbrother shot another in the middle of the day.

David Richardson, 52, went to Windham Auto Body around 10:40 a.m. Thursday, got into a scuffle with his stepbrother, Frank Meisel, and returned to his home about a half-mile away before a pair of officers arrived, said Windham police Capt. Carl Wagner.

About an hour later, Richardson returned to start another confrontation with his stepbrother, Frank Meisel, according to police. Meisel, 43, fired a single shot into the left side of Richardson’s chest with a .38-caliber revolver, police said.

Police elaborated on the initial scuffle yesterday as they continued their investigation into the shooting.

“There was some kind of brotherly, physical confrontation and there was some damage done on the property, but he wasn’t concerned with that,” Wagner said of Meisel. “He just didn’t want him (Richardson) on the property.”

The two were arguing over a family-related matter, Wagner said.

Police said they received a call from a woman about the shooting, but they refused to elaborate.

Richardson remains in critical-but-stable condition at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Boston. He underwent surgery Thursday night.

Meisel is free on personal recognizance and is due in court April 2. Based on what police have learned so far, Wagner said there was no need to hold Meisel.

“As the investigation continues, charges could be upgraded or reduced,” Wagner said. “We still have to cross the t’s and dot the i’s on some things.”

Police recovered the revolver when they encountered Meisel at the garage, Wagner said. Meisel legally kept the handgun at the business, located at 47 Roulston Road.

When police officers arrived after the first call from the garage, Richardson had already made it back to his home about a half-mile away at 22 Roulston Road. The officers warned Richardson that he would be arrested for trespassing if he went back to the garage, Wagner said.

A search warrant for the garage, which included a police affidavit detailing evidence gathered so far in the case, has been sealed by a judge.

From the North Andover Eagle-Tribune of April 14, 2007

Police: Shooter acted in self-defense

Prosecutors dropped charges against Frank Meisel, accused of shooting his stepbrother, saying he acted in self-defense when he fired his .38-caliber revolver into the chest of David Richardson.

Richardson, 53, went to Meisel’s business, Windham Autobody at 47 Roulston Road, threatening to hurt him about 10 a.m. on March 1, police said.

Meisel, 43, of Cluff Road in Salem fired his weapon after Richardson had swung a large bat at his head and threatened to hurt him, said Rockingham County Attorney James Reams. Police had charged Meisel with misdemeanor simple assault after the altercation, saying they would either upgrade or drop the charge, based on the investigator’s conclusion.

“Everything we had was consistent with self-defense,” Reams said yesterday.

Police had been to the garage hours before the shooting when Richardson, who lived about a half-mile away, showed up drunk and got into a fight with Meisel. Neither of the men were seriously hurt or wanted to press charges.

Police told Richardson not to return to the garage, but he showed up a couple of hours later, armed with a large club. The arguments were the result of Richardson wanting to borrow money, police said. Meisel’s account of what happened was supported by his bookkeeper, who saw both fights between the men, according to police.

Meisel’s lawyer, Don Blaszka, said yesterday he was pleased with the Police Department’s decision to drop the case.

“I always felt my client was defending himself,” Blaszka said. “I feel this is a vindication for him so he can continue with his business. Obviously, based on the information collected by police and witness statements, my client’s actions were justified.”

One aspect that delayed the investigation was Richardson’s lack of cooperation, Reams said. Richardson has been released from the hospital, but refused to release his medical records to authorities or cooperate with the investigation, according to police.

“There was a couple of minor loose ends we would have liked to have wrapped up,” Reams said. “We knew Mr. Richardson was released from the hospital, but we don’t know how badly he was injured. Given what we know so far, it wasn’t a worthwhile pursuit of police resources.”

January 6, 2007

Dublin, New Hampshire

From the Boston Globe of January 5, 2007

Would-be robber loses pants at gunpoint

A would-be thief found himself foiled, under gunfire — and without pants.

Police said a homeowner discovered an intruder one night last week. The homeowner pulled a gun, fired what police described as warning shots, and told the intruder to shed his pants and shoes.

The two scuffled and burglar ran from the home, barefoot and pantless.

“I believe his thinking was that by taking away the suspect’s pants, it would slow him down or prevent him from trying to get away, or make it easier for us to find him if he did get away,” New Hampshire State Police Sgt. Christopher Aucoin said.

The homeowner called police, who swarmed the area with search dogs. Police are still looking for the man, and it’s not clear if anything was stolen.

The homeowner wasn’t hurt.

January 3, 2007

Dublin, New Hampshire

From the January 1, 2007 Manchester, New Hampshire Union-Leader:

Dublin officers responded to a reported burglary around 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Letourneau said an armed homeowner on Lower Jaffrey Road confronted a male burglar. No items were stolen.

December 21, 2006

Pelham, New Hampshire

From Syracuse’s (NY) of December 20, 2006

Homeowner uses unloaded shotgun to detain alleged burglar

Police in New Hampshire say homeowner helped catch a would-be burglar by taking away his car keys — then pointing an unloaded shotgun at him.

Police say a Pelham resident confronted a man who broke into a locked shed beside the home this morning. The homeowner took away the man’s car keys, then called police. When the man began banging on the door demanding his keys, the homeowner used the unloaded gun to hold him at bay until police arrived.

An 18-year-old is charged with burglary.