U.S. Attorney’s office says man involved in Union Street standoff wanted for suspected drug sales

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Police SWAT on Union Street May 26, 2021. Photo/Jeffrey Hastings

CONCORD – The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of New Hampshire on Wednesday issued the following update regarding a May 26, 2021 police stand-off in Manchester initiated after Deputy U.S Marshals attempted to execute a federal arrest warrant on a Concord man who was inside a Union Street residence.

Benjamin Bennett, 41, of Concord was the subject of a federal arrest warrant that was the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, New Hampshire State Police, and the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Drug Task Force.  He had been charged in a sealed complaint with possession of controlled substances with intent to distribute.

The complaint, which has now been unsealed, alleged that on March 4, 2021, Bennett was driving a vehicle that was stopped by the New Hampshire State Police in the Littleton area.  Bennett was arrested for operating without a license and being a habitual offender.  A later search of the vehicle resulted in the discovery of distributable quantities of suspected methamphetamine and heroin/fentanyl.

When approached by Deputy Marshals on May 26, 2021, Bennett is believed to have fired a weapon at the Deputy Marshals.  Representatives of the Manchester Police Department and other law enforcement agencies responded to the scene.  Law enforcement officers later found Bennett dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

“This matter demonstrates the dangers that our brave federal, state, and local law enforcement colleagues face each day,” said Acting U.S. Attorney John J. Farley.  “I am grateful to the Manchester Police, the United States Marshals Service, and all of the other law enforcement agencies who responded and assisted in this matter.  Thanks to their professionalism and caution, no civilians or members of law enforcement officers were harmed during this incident.”

In addition to the United States Marshals Service and the Manchester Police Department, the following agencies also assisted in responding to this incident: the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, Nashua Police Department, Manchester Fire Department and American Medical Response.

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Nathan Graziano lives in Manchester with his wife and kids. He's the author of nine collections of fiction and poetry. His most recent book, Born on Good Friday was published by Roadside Press in 2023. He's a high school teacher and freelance writer, and in his free time, he writes bios about himself in the third person. For more information, visit his website: http://www.nathangraziano.com