Manhunt in NH for Armed Suspect Who Shot 2 Cops

Schools are closed in Manchester area
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 13, 2016 9:12 AM CDT
Manhunt in NH for Armed Suspect Who Shot 2 Cops
Police speak to each other as the search continues for a suspect who shot two police officers early morning Friday in Manchester, NH.   (Jim Cole)

Two New Hampshire police officers were shot Friday and a manhunt is underway for an armed suspect, police in Manchester say. Police Chief Nick Willard says the two officers were shot at separate locations after 2am, and they're recovering at hospitals and expected to be OK, the AP reports. Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas says the officers "seem to be fine." There was no other immediate word on the extent of the officers' injuries, and no details about the shootings have been released. Floyd Johnson lives near one of the shooting sites on Manchester's west side. He says he awoke to the sound of multiple gunshots at about 2:15am. Seconds later, "all the police swarmed in," Johnson says.

He said he told his 13-year-old son to get on the floor. Police also told Johnson to stay put, away from the windows. Johnson says he's lived on the west side all his life, and he's never seen anything like this before. Willard says police are searching for the suspected shooter, described as a white man with long hair who's wearing a trenchcoat. He is considered armed and dangerous. A Massachusetts State Police helicopter is assisting in the search. A number of schools in the area were closed Friday, and some residents were told to shelter in place during the search. (More New Hampshire stories.)

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