AG: City man hospitalized after Nashua officer shot him

NASHUA — City resident Justin Contreras, 29, remains hospitalized tonight after a Nashua Police Department officer shot him at 106 Ledge St. late Tuesday.

Information provided by New Hampshire New Hampshire Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald and State Police Colonel Christopher J. Wagner states that around 10 p.m. Tuesday, Nashua officers responded to the residence to conduct a welfare check. An unspecified incident then occurred, resulting in one officer discharging his firearm. Two additional Nashua officers were present during the event, MacDonald and Wagner state.

Authorities did not specify the location or the severity of the wound Contreras sustained. No one else sustained physical injuries during the incident.

Pursuant to protocol, authorities said they will not release the names of the officers involved until the investigation is complete.

Neighbor Sandy MacInnis said she heard a commotion, followed by three gunshots, around 10 p.m. Tuesday. When she looked out, she saw a handful of police officers at 106 Ledge St., but within moments, at least a dozen more cruisers and detective cars arrived at the scene, she said.

MacInnis said later saw medical personnel carrying a man out of the house on a stretcher. “He was screaming, ow! ow!” she said.

Staff photo by CASEY JUNKINS Officers with the Nashua Police Department block a portion of Ledge Street late Tuesday after an officer-involved shooting.