Affidavits show woman was shot as feds conducted downtown Manchester drug raid
MANCHESTER — Police were in the concluding stages of an 11-month investigation into oxycodone sales on Wednesday evening, the night a Beech Street woman was injured in a police-involved shooting, according to affidavits obtained by the New Hampshire Union Leader.
Earlier that day, authorities arrested four Manchester residents. Police had tracked the four since October with confidential informants, wiretaps and a car-tracking device.
Two of the four appear to be the daughters of Lillian Nunez, the woman who lives in 110 Beech St. Apt. 3 and suffered a gunshot wound during the police search.
Her Beech Street apartment is mentioned several times in the police affidavit, which spells out the investigation. It was filed Thursday in U.S. District Court.:
• According to the affidavit, Jennifer Nunez told her fellow alleged drug dealer on June 18 that she had left drug sale proceeds “at mom’s” — the Beech Street apartment.
• In April, a confidential source told police about what he saw when inside the apartment with Samuel Garcia, who was arrested Tuesday along with Jennifer Nunez.
“CS (Confidential Source) # 3 stated that several months earlier it had seen $50,000 in U.S. currency on a table at the Beech Street apartment,” reads the police affidavit.
On Thursday, authorities issued a statement that said an unnamed woman received a non-fatal gunshot wound during a search of the apartment.
“During the execution of this (federal search) warrant, one of the officer’s weapons discharged,” reads a statement issued by Attorney General Joseph Foster.
The shooting took place about 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Authorities described the shooting as officer-involved, which put the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office in charge of the investigation. Evidence technicians from the New Hampshire State Police spent much of Thursday combing the property.
Susan Morrell, senior assistant attorney general overseeing the investigation, would not elaborate on the wording used to describe the incident.
“We are investigating all the circumstances surrounding the discharge of that weapon. Until we know for sure, I can’t comment on it,” Morrell said. Nor would she say what law enforcement agencies were involved in the raid.
Morrell said the wounded woman was still being treated Thursday.
A neighbor who would not give his name said Lillian Nunez, a Dominican, walked out of the house after being shot, escorted by officers on either side of her. Police suspended the warrant-authorized search of the apartment once the shooting took place, Morrell said.
Lillian Nunez is never mentioned in the affidavit.
The small building property remained sealed off with crime tape Thursday. A gas grill is in the rear of the home; several chairs were positioned in front of the grill.
Hector Beato, who lives next door, said people would often sit around outside in the yard. He exchanged hellos with them, but would say little else, he said.
“Sometimes I hear people screaming there,” he said.
Beato said he counted 17 police vehicles outside his building Wednesday night.
The affidavit said Johanna Nunez, Jennifer Nunez, Samuel Garcia and Raul A. “Legui” Hernandez were also arrested on Wednesday. All four face federal charges of conspiracy to sell oxycodone.
Police said they confiscated 1,600 oxycodone pills and $2,000 in cash when they made the arrests.
During the investigation, the Nunez sisters would allegedly deliver drugs to customers and then return the proceeds to Garcia.
Garcia allegedly had Hernandez travel to New York City to pick up oxycodone. He allegedly delivered 1,270 pills on Aug. 17 and then 1,500 on Tuesday. While Garcia waited for the shipments, Garcia received calls from Jennifer Nunez saying her customers were desperate.