Hudson standoff ends with arrest

Hudson police photo Christopher Skelley, 42, address unknown, arrested in Hudson

HUDSON – A roughly four-hour police standoff with a suspect last seen inside a Barbara Lane residence late Saturday morning ended without incident, police said, when the suspect was located and taken into custody.

Police said the incident began around 11 a.m. Saturday, when officers responded to the residence after receiving a report that Christopher Skelley, 42, was at the residence, allegedly in violation of a court order.

Based on the information police received, officers believed the suspect, later identified as Skelley, was hiding inside the residence.

When their attempts to contact him via cell phone and over a cruiser’s loudspeaker were unsuccessful, police said officers requested the Southern New Hampshire Special Operations Unit to the scene and began evacuating surrounding homes.

When a team of unit members eventually entered the home and searched for Skelley, they determined he had fled before the first police officers arrived at the scene, police said.

While officers continued searching the area for Skelley, police alerted neighboring departments and put out social media posts regarding their search.

A short time later, police said officers located Skelley at 290 Derry Road, near the Hudson-Litchfield line. He was taken into custody without incident.

Police said an anonymous tip led them to Skelley, but didn’t say if the tip was the result of a social media post or from another source.

He was charged with one count each of violation of a domestic-violence petition; burglary, felony criminal mischief and misdemeanor criminal mischief, police said.

Skelley was booked and transported to Valley Street jail, police said. He was ordered held without bail pending arraignment, which is scheduled for Monday afternoon in Hillsborough County Superior Court South.

In August 2016, according to Telegraph archives, Skelley was arrested in Nashua on charges accusing him of assaulting a female family member at the Trinity Drive residence.

Police said at the time the arrest stemmed from an altercation, during which Skelley allegedly also punched a man in the face and smashing items within the home.

The charges, 10 in all, included four counts of simple assault and three counts of domestic violence.

It’s not known if the new charges against Skelley have any connection to the alleged victims in the 2016 incident, or whether the domestic violence petition he is accused of violating stems from the earlier incident.

Dean Shalhoup can be reached at 594-1256, or @Telegraph_DeanS.