MANCHESTER, NH – Police have issued an arrest warrant for Paul Dimick, 26, wanted for the murder of Justin Lee, 32, the victim in the Friday morning shooting on Hanover Street.
At about 10 p.m. New Hampshire Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald and Manchester Police Chief Carlo Capano announced that the suspect in the shooting, Dimick, was at large, following a day-long standoff outside 367 Hanover St., where Dimick was believed to be.
Late Friday police also issued a “be on the lookout” for a tan Saab which they believe Dimick may be traveling in with other subjects, likely still armed with a handgun.
At about 11 a.m. Manchester Police officers found Justin Lee suffering from a gunshot wound in the area of 357 Hanover St., at the intersection of Maple Street. Lee was transported to Elliott Hospital where he later died. An autopsy is scheduled for Saturday, September 8, 2018, at 1 p.m.
Dimick is a white male, 5-foot-6-inches tall with blonde hair and blue eyes. Dimick is considered by police to be armed and dangerous and should not be approached.
Chief Carlo Capano said police executed “tedious” searches at two different addresses on Maple Street in several different apartment houses. Taking into consideration that Central High School was in close proximity to the apartments where police believed the suspect had fled to, police decided to contain all 1,200 students and faculty at the high school – 1,100 of which would be walking from school in the vicinity of the apartment search.
“We believe it was the absolute safest decision for those students, which is why we did that,” Capano said.
Capano commended the SWAT team and the school district for working in concert during the search.
“I do understand this was an inconvenience tonight, to the students and to the parents. I can’t really apologize for that because I would do it again if I had to. The safety of those students was without a doubt our tip priority and we’re not going to compromise that for a second,” Capano said.
Capano said ultimately the inconvenience to all involved extended from the students and parents to the community and police department.
Capano said it was the positioning of the apartment house windows in the direct line of fire, and the proximity to Central High School was of particular concern to police.
“This all played part in what we were doing and why we made the decision we made tonight. I appreciate the patience by the staff, the parents and the media,” Capano said.
“I don’t want to lose sight that a man lost his life tonight and I don’t want to lose sight that our officers were put in harm’s way searching for this armed subject. And without a doubt, our priority is that we’re going to keep the community safe, and that’s where these difficult decisions come into play,” Capano said.
Anyone with any information about the whereabouts of Paul Dimick should contact Det. Michael Lavallee, (603)792-5514, or Det. Sgt. Christopher Biron, (603)792-5545, of the Manchester Police Department. Persons with information can also call the Manchester Police Department main line at (603) 668-8711.
The charges and allegations are merely accusations, and Dimick is presumed innocent until proven guilty.