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  • Nashua police officer Peter Laroche.
  • Joseph Bissonnette, age 32, of 7 Harbor Court #A, Nashua.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009

City officer returns home from hospital

NASHUA – A police officer who was critically injured after chasing an alleged suspect is now home after a lengthy hospital stay.

Officer Peter LaRoche left Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston on Friday, and then received in-patient care at Northeast Rehab center in Nashua over the weekend before going home Monday, Deputy Police Chief John Seusing said.

LaRoche suffered a life-threatening injury Dec. 3 as he pursued a suspect downtown, police said.

He injured his shoulder after he and the alleged suspect, Joseph Bissonnette, tumbled over a chain-link fence.

After falling from the fence, LaRoche suffered an arterial tear that caused a life-threatening blood clot. The clot threatened to shut off oxygen to his brain.

LaRoche was treated at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center, but then was transferred to the hospital in Boston when it was apparent he had a serious injury.

LaRoche won’t return to duty soon, but instead will continue out-patient rehabilitation, Seusing said.

Last week, four criminal charges against Bissonnette were waived at the district court level and a superior court grand jury will likely soon review the case. He faces felony resisting arrest and habitual offender charges and misdemeanor resisting arrest and simple assault charges.