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McPherson charged with attempted murder and first degree assault

Sep 22, 2016 9:48 AM

Manchester man indicted on attempted murder charges from May police shooting


MANCHESTER - Prosecutors handed down indictments this week against a Manchester man on charges stemming from a May shooting of two Queen City police officers.

Ian McPherson, 32, is facing attempted murder and first-degree assault charges that are resulting from when officials say he shot Manchester police officer Ryan Hardy in the face and torso on May 13.

He is also facing charges of shooting officer Matthew O'Connor in the leg a short time after the incident involving officer Hardy.

Police were searching for a suspect in a west side gas station robbery that occurred a day before the shootings. Police say Hardy was able to describe his attacker in a radio transmission immediately after being hit by bullets.

O'Connor and other officers saw a man matching the description of the shooter a few hours later. The man, McPherson, shot O'Connor and fled.

The shootings and subsequent investigation at the time brought the attention of neighbors throughout the city's west side and schools remained closed for the day.
The injured police officers, along with several others, attended McPherson's arraignment earlier this year. He had been held without bail.

McPherson had received mental health counseling following a 2012 assault on his father. Records show he legally purchased a gun in March of this year.

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