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Manchester, NH Police Open Fire on Wanted Man, Suspect Due in Court

A Manchester, New Hampshire man was arrested Thursday night following an officer-involved shooting.

Justin McInnes, 29, was arrested after he allegedly accelerated his car toward officers in an attempt to harm them as they were conducting surveillance on him. The encounter prompted officers to open fire in an effort to stop McInnes, according to police.

The shooting happened at 9:20 p.m. near the intersection of Flaherty Lane and Hecker Street.

Officers considered McInnes armed and dangerous at the time of the surveillance. After they saw him exit an apartment complex, they approached themselves and ordered the suspect to show his hands.

"We had investigators conducting surveillance at an address they knew he was at, with the belief that he may have been armed and dangerous," police Lt. Brian O'Keefe said.

McInnes allegedly refused to comply and instead got into a 2007 Jeep Cherokee, which he used to drive at the officers, police said. The suspect's vehicle broke down as he drove toward Main Street, which gave police an opportunity to detain McInnes.

"He came at them and gunshots occurred," O'Keefe said.

McInnes was taken to a nearby hospital with non-life-threatening injuries he received from broken glass and other shrapnel from his car, according to police. He was arrested after his hospitalization.

Officers said they recovered a handgun in his vehicle.

"We're just fortunate that the officers didn't get hurt and the suspect sustained minor injuries from most likely fragments of the windshield or parts of the vehicle," O'Keefe said.

Manchester police said McInnes was wanted on several warrants, including one stemming from a road rage incident in July in which he allegedly tried to hit another car. He had another oustanding arrest warrant related to a police pursuit in Manchester on Wednesday.

In addition to the outstanding warrants, McInnes was charged with three counts of attempted murder felon in possession of a firearm and fugitive from justice.

No officers were injured during the confrontation.

McInnes is scheduled to be arraigned on Friday afternoon. It is unclear if he has an attorney.

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