Franklin manhunt suspect reaches plea deal with prosecutors

  • A state police BearCat is seen in Franklin during a manhunt for Ryan Brouillard in December 2016. Elizabeth Frantz / Monitor file

  • A group of state and Franklin police officers are seen along Cross Mill Road in Northfield near the Winnipesaukee River during an active shooter manhunt for Ryan Brouillard. Elizabeth Frantz / Monitor file

  • Ryan Brouillard is arraigned in Franklin’s district court in January via video conference from jail. GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor file

Monitor staff
Thursday, September 07, 2017

A man involved in a police standoff in Franklin in December has reached a plea deal with prosecutors.

Ryan Brouillard, 33, of Franklin is scheduled to face a judge next week in Merrimack County Superior Court, where he will be sentenced on a total of 16 charges in three pending cases. Brouillard faces several felony and misdemeanor charges, the majority of which stem from the police standoff and the three-day manhunt that followed.

Brouillard faces a maximum of 10 to 20 years in prison and additional suspended time, which the court can impose if he commits any new crimes within the 15-year period following his release on parole. The state is recommending Brouillard serve the 10 to 20 years concurrent to a sentence handed down in Grafton County.

Police say Brouillard was armed with a pistol when they descended on a home at 320 Prospect St. in Franklin on Dec. 28, and tried to arrest him on outstanding warrants. Brouillard had threatened to shoot police and kill anyone who tried to arrest him, according to court documents.

He is accused of pointing a Glock pistol at Tilton police Officer Abraham Gilman and at Franklin police Sgt. Eric Drouin, whom police say he fired in close proximity to before fleeing. No one was injured in the standoff, which ended when Brouillard jumped a white picket fence and escaped officers’ reach.

Authorities searched for Brouillard for the next three days. He eluded police until the early-morning hours of Dec. 31 when more than 20 police officers and two armored BearCat vehicles surrounded a house on Manchester Street in Concord. Police had received information that Brouillard was at the residence and used tear gas to force him to surrender, according to reports.

New Hampshire State Police released helicopter video in the days after Brouillard’s surrender. The video shows a snow-covered mobile home with several armed officers in SWAT gear positioned out front near a BearCat. Brouillard is seen walking in the direction of police with his hands in the air. He keeps his hands visible as he falls to the ground on both knees, allowing officers to move in and apply handcuffs.

At next week’s sentencing, the court will also take up a third case filed against Brouillard in early 2016. He is accused of being in possession of 0.88 grams of cocaine and 9.98 grams of fentanyl that January, and of attempting to evade detention by parole officers.

Brouillard is a convicted felon who was on parole at the time of each of the alleged offenses. He has an extensive criminal record dating back to the early 2000s.

A sentencing hearing is scheduled for Sept. 14 at 8:30 a.m. in Concord.

(Alyssa Dandrea can be reached at 369-3319, adandrea@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @_ADandrea.)