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Man shot by Lee police is indicted on felony charges

DOVER - A man shot in a confrontation with police in Lee last December is under indictment, charged with threatening to kill seven officers during that incident.

Steven Amazeen, 46, now of 13 Coffee Town Road, Deerfield, allegedly waved a gun and told officers, "I know to shoot for the head," according to the indictments handed up by a Strafford County grand jury.

"I have five bullets left; let's see what happens," he allegedly told the officers.

He was indicted on eight counts each of criminal threatening and reckless conduct. The criminal threatening charges involve seven officers and alleged he approached them aggressively and waved a firearm toward them. An additional charge alleges he pointed the gun at Officer David Carpenter.

The reckless-conduct charges accuse him of engaging in reckless conduct when he brandished the gun at the officers and when he fired it inside his home in close proximity to his wife.

The incident took place just after midnight on Dec. 3 at Amazeen's former home at 289 Lee Hook Road in Lee. It was reported that Amazeen had fired a .45 caliber handgun inside the home and that he was possibly suicidal.

According to the indictments, Amazeen aggressively approached the officers who arrived, brandishing a gun and threatening them. Police shot Amazeen, who was then taken to Wentworth-Douglass Hospital in Dover, where he underwent surgery. No one else was injured in the incident.

The New Hampshire Attorney General's Office investigated the shooting incident but has yet to issue a report.

Amazeen, if convicted, faces a maximum sentence of 10 to 30 years on each charge.

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