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Fight erupts inside Belmont police station; officers mystified

  • Madelina Morris, 19. Courtesy of Belmont Police

  • Darren Gagne, 50.  Courtesy of Belmont Police

  • Roland Gagne, 22. Courtesy of Belmont Police



Monitor staff
Wednesday, July 25, 2018

A fight that broke out in the Belmont police station lobby and picked up in the parking lot Sunday ended with in two arrests and one woman being pepper-sprayed in the face, officers said.

Darren Gagne, 50, of Northfield and Madelina Morris, 19, of New Hampton were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct after a third person pepper-sprayed Morris outside the police station, Belmont Capt. Richard Mann said.

“It is very unfortunate to see adults that cannot conduct themselves in a civilized manner and of all places – inside our lobby and outside in the police parking lot,” Mann said in a statement.

Police were told the three had also fought earlier in the day when officers responded to a report of a person kicking another person’s car on Brown Hill Road in Belmont, Mann said. Roland Gagne, 22, was arrested at that time on suspicion of driving under suspension and possession of marijuana.

Roland Gagne was going through the booking process when the group met again and a fight broke out in the lobby, police said.

“It was very chaotic,” Mann said. “There was a lot of yelling and screaming and pointing at each other.”

Mann said the woman who pepper-sprayed Morris in the police station parking lot is being investigated by police. Charges will be filed if the use of spray is determined to have fallen outside the confines of self-defense, Mann said.

Officers, including a State Police K-9 team, arrived at the station to assist Belmont police in quelling the fight. All charged were given Sept. 6 court dates at Laconia’s District Court.

Mann said a fight in the police station is rare.

“I’ve been here 25 years, and I can’t recall it happening,” he said. “We’re not used to responding from the town back to the police station. Usually it’s the other way around.”

(Leah Willingham can be reached at 369-3322, lwillingham@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @LeahMWillingham.)