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May 13, 2016 5:36 PM

Laconia man arrested after police say he fired shots when the tried to serve him a stalking order


LACONIA - A man has been arrested after police said he fired shots when they tried to serve a stalking order to him.

Police said Ernest Thompson II, of 246 Country Club Road, Laconia, refused to come to the door when they tried to serve the order to him.

Thompson then left the house through a side door, pulled out a gun and fired five to six rounds into the ground, before telling the officer "consider me not to be served," police said.

The officer was able to retreat safely and called for backup and the neighborhood was evacuated.

Holy Trinity Catholic School and Woodland Heights Elementary were placed in lockdown as a precaution.

A special operations group arrived at 2:35 p.m. with two Bear Cats and a Hum-vee. State police, Belmont, Gilford and Laconia police also set up perimeters around the house. Police said Thompson was walking around the property and carrying a sledge hammer.

Police eventually were able to get Thompson to come out of his garage and surrender at 3:05.

Thompson has been charged with two counts of felony criminal threatening, one count felony reckless conduct, and two counts of improper influence.

He refused bail and is currently being held at the Belknap County jail pending his arraignment on Monday.

Police are still at his home waiting to execute a search warrant.

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