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Dec 6, 2015 3:30 PM

Peterborough officer threatened by man with gun, officers from 6 towns respond


PETERBOROUGH - In an incident that drew officers from six communities, a Peterborough officer faced a man who threatened him with a gun after getting his vehicle stuck on the athletic field outside ConVal Regional High School.

Officer Christopher Martin arrived at the high school around 8:15 p.m. on Saturday and found Thomas Heissenberger, 22, of Hancock, in his vehicle on the field, brandishing a semi-automatic pistol. Police say Heissenberger pointed the gun at Martin while shouting at him to leave the area.

Martin drew his gun and took cover behind his cruiser while calling for backup. Meanwhile Heissenberger exited his vehicle and advanced on Martin, at one point firing his weapon into the ground.

As backup officers from Peterborough, Jaffrey, Greenfield, Hancock and Rindge arrived, Martin was able to negotiate with Heissenberger, finally getting close enough to physically subdue him, using a Taser when he resisted arrest.

Heissenberger was taken into custody and transported to the Peterborough police station.

He was charged with criminal threatening, reckless conduct, resisting arrest and criminal mischief.

Heissenberger was held at the Valley Street jail in Manchester on $100,000 cash bail. He is scheduled to be arraigned in the 8th Circuit Court, Jaffrey, on Monday.


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