Suspect Captured After Manhunt Shuts Down Kensington NH Area
KENSINGTON, N.H. (CBS/AP) — An extensive manhunt in the area straddling the New Hampshire and Massachusetts state lines ended with a suspect being taken into custody where the chain of events began at his home in South Hampton.
Kensington and New Hampshire police responded to a call just before 4:30 Tuesday afternoon asking that they check on the welfare of an individual in a home on Highland Avenue.
Police said that when they arrived they were met by an armed man, Anthony Reardon, 44, who they were unable to convince to put down his weapons. The officers took cover and the man attempted to flee in a police cruiser.
Attempting to leave his yard in the cruiser, police said, Reardon smashed into two state police cruisers. He then got out and ran into his back yard and fled from there.
At the time police said they believed Reardon, a hunter with military training, was heavily armed. Police said Reardon was shooting off the weapons he had but could not confirm if he was firing at police.
Police in the Kensington area and neighboring Amesbury, Mass., advised residents to shelter in place and roads in the area were blocked off.
A short time later, WBZ was on the phone with the town clerk in Kensington when she said she heard shots fired behind Town Hall.
Massachusetts state police moved personnel to the Amesbury area and officers were authorized to assist New Hampshire state police if needed, according to spokesman David Procopio.
Around 8:30, police realized Reardon had somehow made it back into his home.
New Hampshire state police Executive Maj. David Parenteau said police used a type of robotic equipment to see Reardon in his home and determine he was not armed.
A SWAT team with K-9s was sent into the home and Reardon was taken into custody without incident. Police said no one was injured in the course of the manhunt.
Reardon was taken to a hospital to be checked out.
Police said Reardon will face a long list of charges but they were still figuring out exactly what happened.
There were no further details provided on what prompted the incident.
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