Man arrested after domestic disturbance, punching police officer in the face

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MANCHESTER, NH – Dustin Rousseau, 30, of Manchester, was arrested March 19, charged with assaulting a police officer after a disturbance investigation on Goffe Street.

At approximately 5:40 p.m. on Sunday, Officer Jason Soucy was dispatched to 115 Goffe St. for a call of a disturbance. He arrived to find a man, later identified as Rousseau, allegedly yelling profanities at three people standing on the porch of the Goffe Street address.

Officer Soucy attempted to speak with Rousseau, described as “irate,” as he exited his cruiser. Rousseau ran up the stairs toward the three individuals as he attempted to assault the woman standing in the doorway. Officer Soucy tried to gain control of him as Rousseau continued moving toward the 52 year-old woman, a family member, standing in the doorway. Rousseau turned around and allegedly struck the officer with a closed fist.

Officer Soucy transitioned Rousseau to the ground after he was stuck in the face and placed one handcuff on him as he continuously fought with the officer. Rousseau was eventually placed into custody and he was taken to Manchester Police headquarters where he was charged with simple assault (on a police officer); two counts criminal mischief; and resisting arrest/detention after the officer determined Rousseau had caused damage inside the apartment during an argument with family members.

Rousseau allegedly slammed the door causing damage on the wall behind it and a broken piece of glass on the door. Two family members were inside at the time of the incident. Rousseau is scheduled to appear in the 9th Circuit Court-Manchester on March 20, 2017.

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