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Billerica, Mass. man was suicidal when he fired gun inside Nashua Radisson, surrendered after 7-hour standoff, police say

NASHUA – A reportedly suicidal Billerica, Mass., man was arrested after he fired a .357 magnum revolver four times inside a city motel room, pointed the gun at an officer, and eventually surrendered to police after a seven-hour standoff, police said.

“Do you feel you are going hurt yourself?” a judge asked the suspect, Gary McKeon, 47, during an appearance Friday morning in Nashua district court. ...

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NASHUA – A reportedly suicidal Billerica, Mass., man was arrested after he fired a .357 magnum revolver four times inside a city motel room, pointed the gun at an officer, and eventually surrendered to police after a seven-hour standoff, police said.

“Do you feel you are going hurt yourself?” a judge asked the suspect, Gary McKeon, 47, during an appearance Friday morning in Nashua district court.

“Not right now,” McKeon responded during a video arraignment. “But I do need help.”

Saying that McKeon was a danger to himself and the community, Judge James Leary accepted the state’s recommendation to set bail at $250,000 cash only. McKeon is scheduled to appear in court next on Feb. 25 for a probable cause hearing.

Leary suggested that McKeon talk to his attorney about being involuntarily committed to a state hospital for mental health treatment.

McKeon was held overnight Thursday at the Nashua Police Department and will be transported to the Valley Street jail in Manchester.

McKeon, of 23 Kenmar Drive, Billerica, was arrested 10:45 p.m. Thursday and charged with four counts of reckless conduct, a Class B felony, and one count of criminal threatening, a Class B felony.

McKeon is a police officer with the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority, according to court sources.

The incident began shortly after 3 p.m. Thursday when police were dispatched to the Radisson Hotel Nashua on Tara Boulevard to check on the well being of a man. McKeon’s family and friends told police that McKeon had made “threatening and suicidal comments.” McKeon also was reported to be intoxicated and armed with a gun, police said.

Patrol officers and police Special Reaction Team members arrested McKeon after he voluntarily exited his hotel room without a firearm, police said.

Earlier in the standoff, McKeon fired four rounds inside his hotel room, but no one was injured, police said.

Also, McKeon at one point went into the motel hallway and pointed his .357 magnum revolver toward a police officer with the Nashua Police Department’s Special Reaction Team, police said.

A Class B Felony is punishable by up to seven years in prison plus fines for each count. McKeon has no criminal record in New Hampshire but has a pending domestic violence case in Massachusetts, according to police prosecutor Evey King.

Patrick Meighan can be reached at 594-6518 or pmeighan@nashuatelegraph.com. Also, follow Meighan on Twitter (@Telegraph_PatM.)