Man found hiding in Oak Street basement charged following shooting

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MANCHESTER, NH — On January 6, 2019 at approximately 3 p.m. the Manchester Police Department began an investigation into a possible shooting incident that occurred at 477 Oak St. The shooting was believed to have occurred the night prior, but it was not reported to the Manchester Police until the afternoon of January 6.

As the investigation evolved, it was determined that the residence located at 477 Oak St. needed to be secured pending the application for a search warrant.

At approximately 5:30 p.m. officers responded to the address in an attempt to make contact with anyone inside and subsequently secure the residence. Officers initially attempted to make phone contact with the resident, but were not successful. Officers then attempted to utilize a loud speaker to have anyone inside the home exit, but received no response.

Phone calls to the home and loud speaker announcements continued without success.

At approximately 6 p.m. officers initiated a protective sweep of the residence to ensure it was safe for further investigation. While conducting the search, officers located a man hiding in the basement who refused to exit.

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The man was given repeated verbal orders to exit the residence; however he refused. He was later identified as  Valentin Sechelaur, 37, of Manchester.

The Manchester Police Department Communication’s Division placed numerous phone calls to Mr. Secheular in an attempt to make contact with him. At approximately 7 p.m. Mr. Secheular answered the phone and agreed to exit
the residence. Mr. Secheular was taken into custody without further incident at 7:13 p.m. and has initially been charged with resisting arrest or detention.

There is no threat to the public, Oak Street has been re-opened, and all neighboring addresses have been contacted by Manchester Police Officers.

The residence has been secured and the Manchester Police Detective Division is continuing the investigation. As this is an ongoing investigation, no further information is available at this time.

Anyone with information related to this incident is encouraged to contact the Manchester Police Department at 603-668-8711. You may also make an anonymous tip via the Manchester Crime Line.