UPDATE: Man, 61, arrested in connection with placing ‘school shooter’ signs

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One of the signs under investigation by the NH Department of Safety.

Story updated at 7 p.m. on May 27, 2022

WARNER, NH  – A 61-year-old Pittsfield man was arrested Friday and charged with placing multiple signs in various locations, including some that read “school shooter.”

At approximately 4:05 p.m., New Hampshire State Police troopers arrested Guy Hanson, 61, of Pittsfield on Interstate 89 South in Warner on a felony charge of falsifying physical evidence and three misdemeanors, including: false report to law enforcement, false public alarm and criminal threatening.

A preliminary investigation revealed that Hanson allegedly placed multiple signs, including some that stated “school shooter,” in various locations within the communities of Barnstead, Epsom and Pittsfield. A joint investigation was launched with local, state and federal partners and members of law enforcement were immediately dispatched to all schools within the three communities. Multiple schools initiated lockdowns as a precaution shortly after.

As a result of the investigation, it has been determined there is no credible threat to the communities or schools where the signs were located.

No other suspects have been charged at this time. However, anyone with information about this case is urged to contact State Police Detective Sgt. Kempes Corbally at Kempes.R.Corbally@DOS.NH.GOV.

New Hampshire State Police were assisted by multiple agencies, including the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office, the Belknap County Attorney’s Office, the Merrimack County Attorney’s Office, the Belknap County Sherriff’s Office, Barnstead Police, Pittsfield Police, Epsom Police, Bow Police, the FBI and the Joint Terrorism Task Force.


Original story below

11:30 a.m. The New Hampshire Department of Safety on May 27, in collaboration with local law enforcement, began investigating the discovery of multiple signs indicating a “school shooter” in the communities of Barnstead, Epsom and Pittsfield.

While the Department has not received any information indicating there are any imminent threats, state and local law enforcement are present at all schools within these towns at this time.

An increased law enforcement presence will remain at the schools until the situation is fully resolved and it is further determined there are no credible threats.

More information will be released as it becomes available.


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