LACONIA — A man who allegedly threatened to kill several city firefighters will stand trial in 4th Circuit Division Laconia District Court on November 16 on a Class A misdemeanor charge charge of criminal threatening.
According to a police affidavit filed with the court, Ernest Thompson II , 31, of 47 Strafford St., is alleged to have threatened to murder firefighters who had administered Narcan, a medication designed to counteract opiate overdoses, to his girlfriend at his apartment on Sept. 16. She later died.
The affidavit says that the threats were reported to police by the Fire Department, which had received a call at 5:06 p.m. Sunday from a local businessman who reported that his secretary had heard threats from Thompson when she had stopped by his residence on Saturday, October 10 to offer her condolences to Thompson over the death of his friend.
According to the affidavit, Officer Kevin Shortt interviewed the woman who had stopped at Thompson's residence and she told him that Thompson walked up to her car and said ''the paramedics killed his girlfriend by giving her Narcan,'' and that he had a .357 firearm and would find members of the Fire Department that were there that day and kill them because they had killed her, saying ''everyone who was at his house was going to pay''
She said that Thompson kept repeating the threat and said that he was going to shoot them and that after he did it he was going to leave for West Virginia.
Several members of the department were specifically mentioned as targets, including Assistant Chief Kirk Beattie according to the affidavit.
Thompson was arrested Sunday on the criminal threatening charge and also arrested for possession of meth, a Class B felony, and will face a probable cause hearing on that charge in 4th Circuit Division Laconia District Court on October 29 at 8:30 a.m.
He was arraigned on both charges in District Court on Tuesday and released on $5,000 personal recognizance bail on the criminal threatening charge and $1,000 cash bail on the drug charge. He was ordered to have no contact with the woman who reported the threats to her employer and to remain away from the employer's business as well as to refrain from going near the Laconia Fire Department's central station at 848 North Main Street. He was also prohibited from possessing a firearm or other destructive devices.
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