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N.H. man who shot Manchester officers to spend 5 years in psych unit

  • FILE - This undated photo provided by the Manchester, N.H. Police Department shows Ian McPherson, who was charged with shooting two police officers on May 13. Lawmakers, policy experts and gun rights advocates are asking whether McPherson, a man with a criminal record and a history of mental illness, should have been able to buy a gun police say he used to shoot two New Hampshire officers last week. A police affidavit says MacPherson went through a background check before buying the gun but doesn’t specify whether he passed it. (Manchester Police Department via AP, File)

  • Mathew O'Connor, left, and Ryan Hardy, arrive at the District Court Monday May 16, 2016 in Manchester, N.H. for a court hearing for Ian MacPherson, who was charged with shooting them last week. Ian MacPherson's lawyer entered not guilty pleas to two charges of attempted capital murder. (AP Photo/Jim Cole, Pool) Jim Cole

  • Mathew O'Connor, on crutches, and Ryan Hardy, behind him, leave the District Court Monday, May 16, 2016, in Manchester, N.H. after the court hearing for Ian MacPherson, who was charged with shooting them last week. Ian MacPherson's lawyer entered not guilty pleas to two charges of attempted capital murder. (AP Photo/Jim Cole, Pool) Jim Cole

  • Police from the Manchester, N.H. police department listen during a court hearing Monday May 16, 2016 in Manchester, N.H. for Ian MacPherson, who was charged with shooting two fellow officers last week. MacPherson's lawyer entered not guilty pleas to two charges of attempted capital murder.(AP Photo/Jim Cole, Pool) Jim Cole


Thursday, February 08, 2018
BrentwoodMan who shot police officers to spend 5 years in psych unit

A man charged with shooting and wounding two New Hampshire police officers has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity and will serve five years in a state psychiatric unit.

Ian MacPherson previously pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and first-degree assault, but changed his plea.

MacPherson is accused of shooting Manchester officers Ryan Hardy and Matthew O’Connor in May 2016 after they tried to question him in a gas station armed robbery. Hardy was shot in the face and torso; O’Connor was treated for a gunshot wound to the leg. Both officers have returned to work.

Rockingham County Superior Court Judge Andrew Schulman sentenced MacPherson on Thursday to five years in a state prison psychiatric unit.

Associated Press