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Berlin man charged with shooting at Mass. police; high-speed chase ends in Windham crash

By KIMBERLEY HAAS
Union Leader Correspondent

April 25. 2018 4:36PM
Two men are in custody Wednesday morning after a high-speed chase up Interstate 93 from Massachusetts ended in a crash on Route 111 in Windham Tuesday night. (JEFFREY HASTINGS PHOTO)



Javonnie Chambers, 21, of Berlin, and Manuel Soto, 20, of Haverhill, Mass.

WINDHAM – A Berlin man is facing a charge of assault with the intent to murder after he allegedly fired shots at police in Massachusetts.

Javonnie Chambers, 21, was arrested hours after he and Manuel Soto, 20, of Haverhill, Mass., led police on a high-speed chase that crossed state lines and ended in a car crash on Route 111 in Windham about 10 p.m. Tuesday.

Police recovered a Glock 17 9 mm handgun from the passenger side of the 2002 Mazda Protégé that Soto was driving. They also recovered two magazines of bullets.

Chambers left his driver’s license in the vehicle, so police had a picture and description of who they were looking for during their four-and-a-half-hour search.

New Hampshire State Police arrested Chambers about 2:20 a.m. near Exit 4 off I-93 in Londonderry. He was walking in the dirt shoulder.

Police say that Chambers admitted during his arrest that he had fled from police after being involved in a shooting.

Chambers is charged with resisting arrest for fleeing the scene on foot and assault with the intent to murder. He was released on a personal recognizance bond and extradited to Massachusetts.

Soto is charged with reckless conduct with a deadly weapon for using a vehicle in a manner known to be capable of producing death or serious bodily injury. Soto allegedly tried to flee as well, but was taken into custody at the scene of the crash.

Befire the Windham wreck, police say Soto was swerving through traffic at speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour while being pursued by multiple police vehicles.

According to a police affidavit, detectives interviewing Soto gathered enough information to write a felony warrant charging him with 12 counts of intent to murder, discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling, failure to stop for police and reckless operation.

After his arraignment Wednesday afternoon, Soto was released on a personal recognizance bond and extradited to Massachusetts.

According to court documents, the chase began when Haverhill police officers witnessed someone firing a handgun at an unknown target from the car about 9:30 p.m. They pursued the vehicle onto I-495, where the shots were allegedly fired at police.

The driver, allegedly Soto, led police west on Route 213 and then north on I-93 before crashing at the ramp for the Windham exit.

Local police warned Windham residents living in the Mockingbird Hill Road and Searles Road neighborhoods to lock all doors, turn on exterior lights and call 911 if they saw anything out of place prior to Chambers’ arrest.


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