SALEM, N.H. — An early-morning melee left one police officer with a broken hand, a cruiser window smashed out and five people arrested, including one held on $50,000 cash bail.
A neighbor called police at about 3:30 yesterday morning to report two men fighting in the street on Stonegate Lane, a usually quiet cul-de-sac off Haverhill Road.
Dalton Cyr, 21, of Salem faces a felony charge of attempting to take a firearm from a law enforcement officer. He also is charged with three Class A misdemeanors — resisting arrest, simple assault and criminal mischief, as well as a single charge of unlawful possession of alcohol.
Cyr was arraigned yesterday and remains in jail for lack of $50,000 cash bail.
Deputy police Chief Shawn Patten said yesterday things could have ended very badly.
“Cyr made a very violent and aggressive effort to rip the gun out of (the officer’s) holster,” Patten said. “Thankfully, he was able to pepper spray and get him off.”
But Officer Joseph Freda was injured. In addition to suffering bumps and bruises, he broke a bone in his hand and is on leave. Freda was treated at and released from Parkland Medical Center in Derry.
The charge against Cyr is serious, but it could have been worse, Patten said.
“That officer at that time was fighting for his life, I believe,” he said yesterday. “It’s pretty serious to try to actively reach for an officer’s weapon.”
Cyr didn’t settle down even after he was arrested, Patten said.
“This kid was so out of control, we transported him at 6:30 a.m. to the county jail,” he said.
Ordinarily, suspects arrested close to daylight are held at the police station until they can be arraigned when 10th Circuit Court opens for the day.
Cyr wasn’t the only one charged after an apparent drinking party turned violent.