Police Say Man Accused of Assaulting Officer Has Outstanding Warrants

  • Lebanon police and fire personnel load a man onto an ambulance on Interchange Drive in West Lebanon, N.H., on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018. The unidentified man is accused of assaulting a police officer. (Valley News - Maggie Cassidy) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Shawn M. Mooney (Photo courtesy Lebanon police)

Valley News Staff Writer
Thursday, February 22, 2018

West Lebanon — Police arrested a 30-year-old New Hampshire man on Thursday morning after he allegedly attacked a Lebanon officer and fled on foot into a marshy area behind Walmart on Interchange Drive in West Lebanon.

Shawn M. Mooney, last known to be living in Stoddard, N.H., was charged with attempted first-degree assault, a felony. He allegedly attempted to “gouge out one of (an officer’s) eyes,” according to a Lebanon Police Department news release issued Thursday afternoon. Mooney also faces several misdemeanors related to the alleged attack.

Police say the U.S. Federal Marshal Service has been trying to locate Mooney on outstanding warrants charging him with aggravated felonious sexual assault on a 9-year-old child and violation of probation.

The marshals were in Lebanon last month trying to locate him.

Speaking at the scene of Mooney’s arrest on Interchange Drive on Thursday morning, Lebanon Police Chief Richard Mello said Cpl. Michael Roberts approached a suspicious man — Mooney — near Walmart around 10:15 a.m. this morning. When he went to detain him, the man assaulted Roberts, Mello said.

Several police officers located the man on Interchange Drive across from Space Place Self Storage. Witnesses say four or five officers drew their guns and converged on the man, who surrendered in a swampy area next to Ferguson Water, according to Thomas Polito, who works at the storage facility and watched the incident unfold.

Polito said he saw the man throw items out of his pockets just prior to his arrest. Mooney allegedly had drug paraphernalia on him, according to the release.

Roberts, who had chased after Mooney, was taken to Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital for the injuries to his eye and face, Mello said. He later was discharged.

Mooney, who had blood visible on his hands and the side of his face, was handcuffed and then transported by ambulance to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Bail is pending and Mooney is expected to be arraigned today in Grafton Superior Court, according to the release.

The investigation into Thursday morning’s incident remains ongoing, as does an investigation into who was harboring Mooney. Anyone with information is urged to call the police department at 603-448-1212.

Jordan Cuddemi can be reached at jcuddemi@vnews.com or 603-727-3248.