Police officer shot in face, torso, released from hospital
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Flags at all public buildings in New Hampshire were being lowered to half-staff Sunday in honor of National Peace Officers Memorial Day, one day after a police officer was released from a hospital where he was being treated for gunshot wounds.
Gov. Maggie Hassan said the shootings of two Manchester police officers as they pursued an armed robbery suspect Friday are a “vivid reminder of the risks the members of law enforcement take every day.”
Officer Ryan Hardy, 27, was released from a Boston hospital Saturday where he was being treated for gunshot wounds to the face and torso. Police wouldn’t provide any other details on his condition.
Hardy and Officer Matthew O’Connor were shot minutes apart as they pursued the suspect. The 28-year-old O’Connor was treated for a gunshot wound to the leg and released from a hospital that same day.
Police say 32-year-old Ian MacPherson, of Manchester, is being held without bail on two counts of attempted capital murder. He wasn’t injured in the chase, and is expected to be arraigned Monday.
Manchester Police Chief Nick Willard said Hardy stopped MacPherson on the city’s West Side because he matched the description of a suspect in a gas station armed robbery the previous day. MacPherson began shooting at Hardy as soon as the officer announced himself, police said. About 20 minutes later, MacPherson encountered O’Connor and shot him, police said.
Proposals sought to restore and sustain forestland, rivers
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The deadline is nearing to apply for grants to help restore and sustain healthy forests and rivers throughout New England.
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s New England Forests and Rivers Fund was created in 2015 with seed funding from Eversource. It invests in projects that improve the management of forestland, increase fish access to high quality habitat and enhance biodiversity by increasing the population of species such as the New England cottontail.
In its first year, it awarded 13 grants totaling $1.2 million. In New Hampshire, the grants went to projects in the White Mountains, Connecticut River Valley and the Seacoast.
The fund expects to award $1.9 million this year. Proposals are due May 19.
3rd New Hampshire medical marijuana center to open
LEBANON, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire’s third medical marijuana dispensary is set to open in Lebanon.
Temescal Wellness, which also is operating an alternative treatment center in Dover, will open its Lebanon center on Sunday.
The Dover dispensary opened on May 5, followed by Sanctuary ATC’s Plymouth dispensary on April 30.
New Hampshire’s law to allow medical marijuana passed in 2013, but the state did not begin issuing identification cards on a regular basis to qualified patients until March.
Gov: New Hampshire shootings ‘vivid reminder’ of cops’ risks
By KATHLEEN RONAYNE
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan said the shootings of two Manchester police officers as they pursued a robbery suspect are a “vivid reminder of the risks the members of law enforcement take every day.”
She made the comment in an order directing that flags at all public buildings be lowered to half-staff Sunday in honor of National Peace Officers Memorial Day.
Officers Matthew O’Connor and Ryan Hardy were wounded in the pre-dawn shootings Friday. O’Connor, 28, was treated for a gunshot wound to the leg and released from a hospital Friday. Hardy, recovering from gunshot wounds to the face and torso, was set to be released Saturday, police said.
Ian MacPherson, 32, of Manchester, is being held without bail on two counts of attempted capital murder. He is expected to be arraigned Monday.
Manchester Police Chief Nick Willard said Hardy stopped MacPherson on the city’s West Side around 2 a.m. Friday because he matched the description of a suspect in a gas station armed robbery the day before. MacPherson began shooting at Hardy as soon as the officer announced himself, police said.
After being shot, Hardy called in MacPherson’s description and the direction in which he ran, Willard said.
“Officer Hardy’s reaction to being shot is beyond courageous, it’s remarkable,” Willard said at a Friday press conference.
About 20 minutes later, MacPherson encountered O’Connor and shot him, police said. O’Connor returned fire, Willard said, but MacPherson was not wounded during his encounter with police.
The suspect was arrested unharmed about 5 a.m. Friday outside a residence. Willard said he was wearing the same clothing as the man who was captured on video robbing a gas station the day before.
The police chief did not specify the type of weapon used in the shooting.
“They (officers) continued at their own peril to pursue a subject who shot two officers,” he said. “I cannot express deeply enough my profound respect.”
Willard said Hardy joined the force last year, after working for Derby police. O’Connor came to the Manchester force in 2014 from the Henniker police department.
“Our law enforcement officers put their lives on the line every day to protect their fellow citizens,” Hassan said.
The shootings had the city on edge for hours. Residents were ordered to shelter in place, and several schools shut down for the day. There was a visible police presence on the city’s West Side for much of Friday morning.
Edward Villmore, who lives near the site of the first shooting, said he awoke to multiple gunshots around 2 a.m. Friday.
“Next thing you know there’s sirens and tires squealing,” he said.