By GAIL OBER, LACONIA DAILY SUN
LACONIA — Court documents indicate a Barnstead man arrested by Barnstead and state police Thursday fired several rounds from a hunting rifle in the direction of members of his extended family as they fled from him.
Affidavits said one of the victims told police that she was cooking on a grill on the back porch of Paul Tasker Jr.'s son's home at 640 Province Road on July 5 when Tasker Jr. approached her with a hunting rifle equipped with a scope.
She told police he said something like, "I will take you all out," and loaded a round into the chamber.
She said she and her son ran across the street to their neighbor's while Tasker Jr. pounded on the bulkhead door of Tasker III's home. The woman said he told her he would kill Tasker III and would take over the house and all of its property.
During this time, she said he fired the rifle in their direction.
Tasker Jr. waived his arraignment in Belknap County Superior Court Friday and agreed to $25,000 cash-only bail. Public defender John Bresaw reserved Tasker's rights to a future bail hearing.
He is charged with one count of felony criminal threatening, one count of reckless conduct for firing the gun, and one felony count of being a felon in possession of a weapon.
More details also emerged Friday about how State and Barnstead Police were able to apprehend Tasker Jr.
Lt. Kevin Duffy said Barnstead Police had been looking for Tasker Jr. since the July 5 incident but after learning he was likely living in the woods on his son's property, Barnstead requested the assistance of the State Police SWAT Team to locate him.
He said searching for him "posed a heightened threat (to law enforcement) because Tasker was armed (with a rifle and semi-automatic handgun) and had expressed a willingness to use them."
Duffy said Tasker Jr. was camped with his girlfriend and three children in the 50- to 60-acre wooded lot but police didn't know where. He described it as taking a barricaded person who is armed and putting him or her in a huge wooded area.
He said about 6:30 a.m. on July 7, police began to surround the area and at some point Tasker Jr.'s girlfriend and the children came out of the woods. The children, said Duffy, were placed with the state Division of Children, Youth and Families. He said the unnamed girlfriend was interviewed and released.
Duffy said that at some point Tasker Jr. tried to leave the cordoned-off area on foot and chanced upon a police K-9 that bit his arm. Police apprehended him without further incident.
Tasker Jr. was taken to Lakes Region General Hospital for treatment of the dog bite and then to the Belknap County House of Corrections.
Duffy said he was not armed when police arrested him but declined to comment further on the weapons.
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