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New Hampshire

November 28, 2012

3 police officers say they shot suspect; questions remain

Questions remain about the shooting

SALEM – Everyone agrees three police officers shot and wounded a Pelham man early one morning last month.

Beyond that, there is apparent disagreement over the circumstances leading up to the shooting and perhaps even where 21-year-old Grant Hebert was when shot.

Hebert was in 10th Circuit Court yesterday for a probable cause hearing.

Judge Robert Stephen found probable cause for Hebert to stand trial on felony charges that include attempted first degree assault, reckless conduct placing another in danger, disobeying an officer, driving under the influence and aggravated driving while intoxicated.

Windham police Officer Shane Mirisola testified yesterday he fired toward the driver’s side of the windshield.

But defense attorney Raymond Mello of Nashua said his client suffered gunshot wounds to the back of his leg.

The extent of Hebert’s injuries remains unclear. Dressed in a suit, he attended yesterday’s hearing and appeared to walk through the courtroom without trouble.

Mirisola testified he fired his gun, as did Windham Officer Chris Van Hirtum and Pelham Master Patrolman Eugene Stahl, while trying to stop Hebert in the early morning hours Oct. 28 on Lowell Road in Windham.

The pursuit began after an attempted traffic stop in Pelham. Police allege Hebert rammed Windham and Pelham police cruisers while trying to elude officers at about 1:30 a.m.

Mirisola said officers left their cruisers to order Hebert to halt as he drove a Hyundai Tiburon across a field.

Several times they yelled for Hebert to stop, he said, but the car crashed into a steel gate they stood behind.

“I discharged my firearm to attempt to stop the vehicle,” Mirisola said. “It was coming toward myself and Officer Van Hirtum.”

Mirosola said he had to dive out of the way of the car.

“I jumped high enough so the hood went under me,” he said.

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