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Manchester Police Officer Charged in Domestic Assault

RAYMOND — A Manchester police officer is facing a misdemeanor simple assault charge after allegedly throwing his wife to the ground during a domestic dispute.

Nathan Robert Linstad, 34, formerly of 19 Pond Road in Raymond, has pleaded not guilty to the charges through his attorney, according to court records.

He turned himself in to Raymond police on Sept. 13 after an arrest warrant was issued, and was released on personal recognizance bail with conditions stipulating he is not to possess any firearms, have contact with the victim or use alcohol or other drugs.

According to court records, the alleged assault happened on the morning of Sept. 5 when Linstad went to the home he shared with his wife to pick up their son for school.

Four days earlier, he had moved out of the house after his wife confronted him about having an affair. On the morning of Sept. 5, Linstad's wife again confronted him about the affair and asked to look at his cell phone, the records said.

Linstad allegedly gave her the phone and unlocked it for her, but became upset when she began dialing a certain number.

Linstad's wife told police she had her back to her husband in their living room when he grabbed her, lifted her from the ground and threw her to the floor while their 4-year-old son was in the room.

In his report, Labell said Linstad corroborated most of his wife's story, and admitted to the affair, but gave a different account of the assault, stating that his wife had &#';dramatically flopped&#'; to the floor and asked their son, &#';Did you see daddy throw me?&#';

In his supporting affidavit, Raymond Police Det. Richard Labell said the woman had massive bruising on her right leg, arm and thigh that was inconsistent with someone throwing herself to the floor.

&#';The bruising indicates a tremendous amount of velocity was needed to generate this type of injury,&#'; Labell said in his report.

Linstad is scheduled to appear in Candia Circuit Court on Jan. 28 for trial.

In June of 2011, Linstad, along with Manchester Police Detective Michael Lavallee, was the recipient of the Life Saving Medal for the officers' response to a March 28 call involving a suicidal 17-year-old who was holding a knife to his throat in his apartment bedroom.

The citation says Lavallee was able to convince the teen, who had picked up a baseball bat and was holding it in a defensive position over his head, into dropping the bat. Linstad, who recognized the teen as someone with whom he had played basketball, was able to persuade the teen to lower the knife and throw it to the floor. He then accompanied the teen in the ambulance to the hospital to ensure he was cooperative with hospital staff.

In addition to the medal, the award includes a bar that is worn on the uniform, &#';So everyone knows the heroic and prompt action he took,&#'; Manchester Police Chief David Mara said during the recognition ceremony.