- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 13, 2016

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) - Lawyers for a man charged with shootings two New Hampshire police officers say they may seek an insanity defense.

Police say Ian MacPherson, 32, shot Manchester officers Ryan Hardy and Matthew O’Connor in May. Hardy was shot in the face and torso; O’Connor was treated for a gunshot wound to the leg. Both have returned to work. Authorities say the officers were chasing MacPherson because he matched the description of a suspect in a gas station armed robbery.

Assistant Attorney General Jeffery Strelzin told WMUR-TV (https://bit.ly/2hsKiLO ) Tuesday that the “defense has raised a notice of insanity, claiming that at the time of the crime, their client did not have the mental capability to be held criminally accountable.”

Since MacPherson’s arrest, his father has called into question his son’s mental state.

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