Man Pulls Knife on Somersworth, NH, Police Before Surrender
A man pulled a knife on Somerworth police officers who were trying to take him into custody on Thursday.
Police said a man later identified as Bruce P. Cormier, 57, who is transient, allegedly threatened a worker at a business on Lilac Lane around 10 a.m.. He ran off into a wooded area off Blackwater Road, but a search by police did not locate Cormier.
A officer noticed Cormier near the "old landfill" off Blackwater Road around 12:30 p.m.. He ran off in the direction of the Forest Glade Cemetery a quarter-mile away.
Once in the cemetery, Cormier turned around and displayed a knife at the officers who tried to deescalate the situation, according to police. Additional officers were able to use a "less lethal weapon option" to get Cormier to drop the knife.
Cormier was taken into custody and was found with an 11-inch hunting knife. He was charged with two counts of criminal threatening with a deadly weapon, a felony, and resisting arrest or detention, a misdemeanor. He is being held pending arraignment on Friday.
Police said Cormier was recently charged and released by Rochester Police on personal recognizance for the same charge of criminal threatening with a deadly weapon.