By GAIL OBER, LACONIA DAILY SUN
BELMONT – A patrol officer who fired a gun on South Road in the early morning hours of Oct. 28 is on paid administrative leave while the New Hampshire State Police Major Crimes Division investigates.
Belknap County Attorney Melissa Guldbrandsen said Wednesday in a written media release that Officer Patrick Riley attempted to arrest 24-year-old Hayden Moon after coming upon his car on the side of the road.
Riley learned that Moon was wanted on a bench warrant for failing to appear in court and attempted to arrest him. Guldbrandsen said Moon "attempted to elude (Riley) and dragged (him) with his vehicle as he escaped custody."
Riley fired his gun in an attempt to arrest Moon. Guldbrandsen said Riley suffered minor injuries but she is now confident in saying that Moon was not injured as a result of the confrontation.
Moon's car was located in Loudon but he remains on the loose. A warrant for his arrest has been issued for felony-level reckless conduct and resisting arrest.
The U.S. Marshal's service is assisting the State Police in searching for him.
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