Department’s Brand New K-9 Locates His First Firearm
SALEM, New Hampshire — Chief Joel Dolan reports that the Salem Police Department arrested and charged a local man for an alleged criminal threatening incident involving a handgun and baseball bat earlier today.
RYAN BROCHU, AGE 33, OF MANCHESTER, was arrested on Monday and was charged with two counts of Criminal Threatening with a Deadly Weapon and one charge of Falsifying Physical Evidence. All three charges are felonies.
Salem Police responded to 90 North Broadway at 9 a.m. for a report of criminal threatening. Based on the initial investigation, police determined that a suspect, later identified as BROCHU, threatened the victim with both a handgun and a baseball bat.
The suspect fled the scene prior to the arrival of the responding officers. No one was injured.
BROCHU was taken into custody near Mall Road at approximately 10:30 a.m. After a subsequent investigation, it was determined that the firearm used in the incident had been discarded in Hampstead, N.H. in the area of Gigante Road. Salem Police, along with officers from the Hampstead Police Department, conducted a search of the area and the firearm was located by Salem Police K-9 Apollo and his handler Officer Dan Nelson.
K-9 Apollo began his patrol work with the Salem Police Department last week after successfully completing the Boston Police K-9 Academy and is Officer Nelson’s second K-9 partner. His first, K-9 Trigger, retired earlier this year.
BROCHU was released on personal recognizance bail and is scheduled to appear in the Rockingham County Superior Court at a later date.
These are allegations. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty.