Rochester, NH Police Arrest Man They Say Shot At Them

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Christopher Thomas. (Rochester Police)

ROCHESTER, New Hampshire (WBZ-AM) -- Rochester and New Hampshire State Police have arrested a man they say shot at them overnight.

Authorities say Christopher Thomas, 27 and homeless, is charged with four counts of reckless conduct with a deadly weapon. He was already wanted on seven warrants, including for theft and a firearms charge. He also has a history of stealing from Walmart. Thomas was spotted around midday Sunday outside a Walmart on Farmington Road off Route 11, allegedly with a rifle, before moving into the woods.

A Rochester Police spokesperson told WBZ NewsRadio 1030 that Thomas shot at officers overnight. It wasn't yet clear whether or not officers fired back, but nobody was hurt.

On Monday morning, authorities established a perimeter around his believed hiding place in the woods along Ten Rod Road. A State Police helicopter was in the sky searching for him, and SWAT teams were on the ground. They took him into custody around 10:20 a.m. without incident.

Local businesses were closed Monday morning, and hunters were asked to stay away from the area. The area has now been declared safe.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Bernice Corpuz (@BerniceWBZ) reports

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