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Keene man who was shot by police, pleads not guilty, held on $10,000 bail

Union Leader Correspondent

October 05. 2017 1:27PM
Patrick Letendre, 28, appears in superior court in Keene Thursday morning, charged in an incident in which police shot him. (Meghan Pierce/Union Leader Correspondent)

Patrick Letendre, 28, of Keene in superior court in Keene Thursday with his attorney Chris Wells. Letendre was shot by police July 10 after allegedly pointing a handgun at two Keene police officers. (Meghan Pierce)
KEENE - A Wilford Street man who was shot by police in July was held on $10,000 cash bail Thursday morning after pleading not guilty in Cheshire County Superior Court to felony charges of reckless conduct and disorderly conduct in the incident.

Patrick Letendre, 28, was indicted on one felony count of reckless conduct and another of criminal threatening for allegedly pointing a loaded Ruger pistol at police Sgt. Christopher Simonds and Officer Mark Cotton in an a 40 Wilford St. apartment July 10.

According to court records, those officers and Officer Matthew Bomberg had been called for a domestic disturbance and helped a woman and her child remove their belongings from the apartment.

Letendre, who was at the apartment, allegedly was intoxicated and waived a gun, was shot by an officer and hospitalized.

In August, the Attorney General's Office stated the shooting was justified, saying Letendre was intoxicated and had pointed a gun at himself and two two officers.

Letendre was in court Thursday for arraignment. His attorney, Chris Wells, waived arraignment and entered not guilty pleas.

Cheshire County Attorney Chris McLaughlin asked for $10,000 cash bail, saying that would trigger consideration for electronic monitoring, which McLaughlin said would be appropriate for Letendre.

Wells argued for personal recognizance bail, saying electronic monitoring would be difficult considering Letendre's job as a delivery driver.

Wells said Letendre has no criminal record and on the day he was shot had been drinking and was emotionally distraught by a domestic fight. Wells said Letendre did not point a gun at police.

Since being shot, Letendre has seen a doctor for anxiety, started seeing a counselor, continues to work as a delivery driver for Domino's Pizza and has attended 112 Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, his lawyer said.

Judge David Ruoff said while he was impressed by Letendre's self-work, including attending daily and sometimes twice daily AA meetings and seeing a counselor, three months sober is not a long time if alcohol is the real issue.

Ruoff said officials in the electronic-monitoring program can assess Letendre to determine if he should be released to that program.

Letendre was taken into custody and taken to the Cheshire County House of Corrections.

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