NH man who stopped suspected burglar cleared
FARMINGTON, N.H.—A prosecutor has dropped a criminal charge against a New Hampshire man who helped catch a suspected burglar by firing his gun into the ground.
Sixty-one-year-old Dennis Fleming of Farmington was charged Saturday with reckless conduct for firing his gun in a residential area. No one was hurt.
Fleming arrived home to find his house had been burglarized. Police say he spotted 27-year-old Joseph Hebert climbing out the window of a neighbor's home. Fleming yelled "Freeze!" and discharged his .38 caliber handgun into the ground near Hebert. He held him at gunpoint until police arrived. Hebert was charged with burglary and drug possession.
Strafford County Attorney Tom Velardi said Thursday facts discovered since the incident have led him to believe the reckless conduct charge would be unjust.