2 police officers shot, suspect at large

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UPDATE: 10:18 a.m. Manchester Police report the Shelter in place has been lifted. Multiple officers and investigators will remain on scene to continue processing the various scenes. No other information has been released regarding an arrest, and the Attorney General’s office is taking the lead in the investigation, according to Lt. Brian O’Keefe.

MANCHESTER, NH — Two Manchester Police officers were shot early Friday morning in two separate incidents, according to police. A search is underway for the shooter or shooters, and police have closed down a section of the city’s West Side, including schools.

Both officers were being treated for their injuries and expected to survive, according to Chief Nick Willard, who spoke briefly at a news conference Friday morning.

Police said they are searching the area west of Catholic Medical Center near the Alpine Club for a white male with long hair  wearing a trench coat and a black backpack. He is considered armed and dangerous. Police are asking residents to “shelter in place” during the search.

One officer was shot near Ferry and Second Street around 2 a.m. A second responding officer was struck minutes later near Putnam and Dubuque Street.

West Side schools were closed for the day as state and local police gathered in the area to search block by block in cars, homes and yards. Police have ordered a shelter-in-place for residents on Wayne, Putnam and Rimmon Streets

Access to Catholic Medical Center will be limited to all visitors until further notice, and trash pick-up is cancelled in the area of the search because of street closures associated with the search. Residents are advised to put their trash out for collection if they are unsure if they are in one of these areas. Refuse not picked up Friday will be  taken care of on Saturday, according to a memo from the city.

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