Arraignment Continued for Local Man Shot by Police

Larry Minassian faces indictments on reckless conduct and criminal threatening.

A local man shot by police in January had his Rockingham County Superior Court arraignment continued this week as he faces two felony charges stemming from the incident.

Larry Minassian, 52, of South Policy Street on Salem, was indicted by a grand jury this month on felony counts of reckless conduct and criminal threatening. No new date for his arraignment has been scheduled.

Salem Deputy Police Chief Shawn Patten said police were called to the area near Minassian's home on the night of the incident and said police found him to be in an agitated state.

"He charged at the officers with a large sword after the officers had pleaded with him to stop," Patten said. Three officers opened fire on Minassian, injuring him.

Patten said that following an investigation by the N.H. Attorney General's office, it was determined the use of force by the officers was justified.

"After the close of the investigation we worked closely with the county attorney's office and we determined [Minassian] would be charged with crimes for his actions," Patten said.


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