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Claremont standoff ends peacefully

  • A police officer asks onlookers and family members to move out of sight from a man on a third-story porch in a nearby building in Claremont, N.H., on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to Jennifer Hauck

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 8/27/2020 1:06:37 PM
Modified: 8/27/2020 10:06:23 PM

CLAREMONT — A daylong standoff in Claremont ended peacefully shortly after 5 p.m. on Thursday, hours after police issued a shelter-in-place alert to residents in the North Street neighborhood near downtown.

The shelter-in-place was lifted, and no injuries were reported related to the incident that involved police negotiating with a man on his back porch. Police said it was related to mental health. 

The alert to residents sent around mid-day Thursday read, “Claremont Police Dept is currently handling an incident at North & Chellis Streets. If you are in that area, please shelter in place. If you are traveling, please avoid that area.”

Claremont police and New Hampshire State Police, including officers in tactical gear, set up at the scene, and police negotiated with the man.

At one point, police asked the man to put down a weapon, saying, “You’re making us nervous,” and offered to have a therapist call him.

Police walked into the apartment house shortly after 5 p.m. and later emerged with several rifles.

Police Chief Mark Chase declined to identify the man involved but said the mental health issue was “peacefully resolved.”

“He is getting help,” Chase said.

The incident took place in the same neighborhood where a Claremont man last year fired more than 100 rounds from an apartment near Centennial and Hanover streets before he was arrested with no clothes on. Nobody was injured in that incident.

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