PHOTOS: Gun threat at Boulders apartments leads to evacuations and arrest
Police from multiple towns responded
LEBANON, NH - A Lebanon man who'd just recently had his guns returned because of good behavior was arrested early Wednesday evening after he allegedly threatened to shoot an extended family member.
Police from multiple area towns responded to help Lebanon officers in case they needed to evacuate the more than 150 apartments spread across a half-dozen buildings that make up the Boulders complex which sits beside Wolf Road roughly between Lebanon High School and the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center.
Witnesses said that Scott Emerson, 29, was yelling loudly that he was going to kill a man who was in his mother's apartment who was an ex-relation of one of Hicks' family members and police responded to a report that a man was being threatened with a firearm.
Emersons' mother said on the scene that she did not want to comment on the incident beyond saying that "the whole thing is a giant misunderstanding and none of this (large police response) would have happened if (Scott) had just stepped outside right away to talk with (officers)."
At one point just before 7 p.m. neighboring towns including Hartford and Hanover were sending officers to back up the contingent from Lebanon that had already descended on Wolf Road because of concerns that residents of numerous apartments were potentially going to have to be evacuated to safety.
Police hustled several adults and young children who had been outside the buildings to safer areas behind them and a resident said that when his wife looked out the window of their apartment to see what was going on officers waved her back inside.
Emerson was peacefully detained and placed into handcuffs in the back of a police cruiser outside his building about 15 minutes after the incident began and the backup officers from surrounding towns were cancelled.
Police were seen leading Emerson, still in cuffs, back inside his apartment for about five minutes at one point and then he was placed back into the cruiser and transported to the police station.
Emersons' mother said police informed her that he was going to be charged with criminal threatening which was later confirmed by Lebanon Police Corporal Mike Wright who added that Emerson is being held overnight for lack of $7,500 bail until the criminal threatening with a deadly weapon charge can be arraigned on Thursday in court in Haverhill because the charge is a Class B felony in New Hampshire.
Corporal Wright said it appeared that Emerson did not actually point the handgun at anyone during the commotion "but he did rack the gun and placed the victims in fear."
Lebanon Police issued a press release on Thursday providing more information about what they said their investigation revealed had allegedly transpired during the incident:
"It was reported that a male resident had become angry with his girlfriend and retrieved a semi-automatic handgun from his bedroom and proceeded to chamber a round of ammunition in front of three adults and three children, ages 8, 6 and 4.
One female victim was able to leave the apartment with her three children and responding Lebanon Police Officers were able to request that the remaining two adult victims exit the apartment as well. Lebanon Officers surrounded the apartment in question and over a period of 45 minutes, were able to negotiate with the male suspect and eventually convince him to leave the apartment and come outside where he was taken into custody without incident," police said in the release.
Scott O. Emerson, 29, of Lebanon has been charged with criminal threatening with a deadly weapon.
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CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story incorrectly identified the last name of the suspect. Police say they arrested Scott Emerson.