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CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE
A 24-year-old Wentworth man arrested last night with a loaded handgun told the police he planned to kill as many people as he could at the Barley House and Margaritas before killing himself, according to a police affidavit.
David McLaughlin also told the officer who arrested him that he had intended to shoot him but couldn’t because he had an anxiety attack when he saw the officer’s cruiser, the affidavit said.
The police charged McLaughlin with being a felon in possession of a handgun, carrying a loaded handgun without a license, theft of services and receiving stolen property. The police allege McLaughlin had stolen the 9mm handgun he had from his grandfather.
Judge Gerard Boyle ordered McLaughlin held on $500,000 cash only bail at his arraignment in Concord District Court his morning.
The police initially went looking for McLaughlin after receiving a call from the Barley House that McLaughlin had left the restaurant without paying his $18.00 bill, assistant city prosecutor Tracy Connolly told Boyle.
Officer Almedin Dzelic saw a man matching McLaughlin’s description near Depot Street. When McLaughlin tried to put his hand in his jacket pocket, Dzelic ordered him to stop and then searched McLaughlin. He found the 9mm loaded handgun and a magazine with additional bullets, Connolly said.
There was a round in the chamber and the gun’s safety was off, Connolly said.
It was then that McLaughlin told Dzelic that he had planned to kill several people and take an employee hostage to get the courage to kill himself, Connolly said.
He was taken into custody without anyone being injured.
Concord police Chief Robert Barry doesn’t usually weigh in on bail amounts but did call Connolly before court yesterday to tell her how concerned he was for the public’s safety should McLaughlin post bail.
Connolly asked for $440,000 cash only bail. Boyle went higher, setting it at $500,000 cash only.
McLaughlin is being held at the Merrimack County jail.
Thank God there are still decent people around to help…
A 15-year-old schoolgirl says she tried to fend off other teenagers beating an off-duty police officer before helping to drag him to safety.
Constable John Connolly, who was walking his dog, and other residents had moved in to stop a fight when he was set upon by a group of youths.
Mr Connolly, 39, suffered serious injuries that include a fractured skull, multiple fractures to his face, a broken jaw, a broken ankle, a collapsed lung, and abrasions and bruises about the body.
He also lost teeth in the attack and was taken to Middlemore Hospital unconscious and in a critical condition.
The 15-year-old girl, who did not want to be identified, said her cousin had been challenged to a fight by a girl at Tuakau College.
She and three others went to the school to find her and things turned nasty when they left.
“A group of about 50 people came up to us and started asking for fights,” she told the Herald on Sunday.
“Then the cop came up and told us to break it up.”
At that point, “they just ended up gang-bashing him”, she said.
“I was trying to fend them off,” she said.
“Me and my cousin and my sister tried to pull everyone off him.”
The attackers fled and left Mr Connolly lying in the middle of the road.
“Me and another boy lifted him off the road on to the footpath,” the girl said.
“My sister called the police. He had a bleeding lip and a fractured head. He was knocked out for a while.”
Superintendent Mike Bush described the attack as serious and sustained and said Mr Connolly had come close to dying.
He said police and had a good idea who the offenders were, with gangs thought be involved.
About 30 or 40 people were present and they would all be interviewed, he said.
“We already have encouraging information which would suggest who the offenders for the attack are and will certainly be speaking to those people within a very short time.”
Mr Bush said police were particularly concerned that groups of people could turn on members of the public doing a good deed, regardless of whether they were off-duty police officers or not.”
He would not say if police believe some of the attackers were from Tuakau College.
He said anyone who saw the fight, including a bus driver and a truck driver who stopped at scene, should call police.
Recently I received a call late at night from a pastor who advised me that his parishioner, a K9 officer and his dog had been shot by a suspect who was stopped for having misdemeanor warrants. The shooting took place in a town of about 25,000 in which I had recently served as the officer’s pastor and as a law enforcement chaplain. The police department in the town has not been enjoying the best of reputations as two of its officers had recently been convicted of federal felony charges.
The pastor advised me that the officer was being transported by ambulance to the Trauma Center in the town in which I am now serving. I advised the pastor that I would be waiting at the Center when he arrived as it was about a 50 mile journey. The pastor also advised me that the dog had expired as result of his wounds.
Not knowing what to expect and watching the trauma team assemble, I was trying to prepare for the worst.
Who would have thought that when the officer arrived that he was conscious and that the round had entered his pelvis and exited his back missed his bones and any vital organs? Who would have thought that he would be released from the hospital just a few hours after arriving?
Upon the officer’s arrival, I was advised by another officer who accompanied him in the ambulance that the K9 was alive. Not only was he alive but he had been transported to a major veterinary center in our city by a medical helicopter and that a veterinarian had flown with him. Who would have thought?
After the officer was released from the hospital, I immediately transported him and his wife to the veterinary hospital. The dog was in critical condition having been shot twice; once in the chest and once in the side. The next afternoon, the veterinarian in charge if his care advised the officer, his wife and I that the dog was paralyzed and that there was nothing they could do about the paralysis but wait. The situation was very grave. It was agreed by all that a decision would be made in 72 hours.
Who would have thought that, 48 hours later, the dog would be able to stand with assistance and that the prognosis would be more favorable?
Who would have thought that the K9, whose name is Bosco, would become the hometown hero of not only the town in which he serves but in the large metropolitan city to which he was transported? Even in the department in which I now serve and in the parish in which I now serve, the most often asked question I receive is “How is Bosco?” Fundraisers are already being planned to help with the costs of Bosco’s care.
This serves as a reminder to us who are a part of the law enforcement culture that many, if not most, in the communities in which we serve really do appreciate what we do and really do care!