Woman who engaged police in weekend Merrimack standoff chargedBy KIMBERLY HOUGHTON
Union Leader Correspondent
February 06. 2017 9:36PM
MERRIMACK — Jodi Ecklund has been identified as the woman who barricaded herself inside an apartment during a standoff with police Saturday that lasted several hours.
Ecklund, 33, of Kimberly Drive, has been charged with several felonies in connection with the incident at the Webster Green condominium complex, which resulted in an evacuation and heavy police presence.
Authorities responded to her residence about 2:30 p.m. on Saturday for a reported domestic disturbance. Ecklund’s live-in boyfriend, Jason Martin, told police that she had assaulted him and was inside of the apartment with access to firearms.
“There was more than one gun inside of the residence,” said Police Capt. Denise Roy.
According to Roy, Ecklund told authorities who were on the scene that she was going to kill them if they entered the apartment.
Members of the Merrimack Police Department containment team and New Hampshire State Police arrived to assist during the standoff, at which time Ecklund allegedly destroyed numerous items inside the residence.
According to Roy, Ecklund is accused of causing more than $1,500 in damage to property belonging to Martin and another man, Ken Pierce.
Prior to the standoff, Ecklund punched Martin in the face and arm and scratched his finger, according to the criminal complaints.
Police made several attempts to contact Ecklund, barricaded inside the apartment. Communication was eventually made, and she is accused of threatening police, placing them in fear and stating, “I got the safety off, you can come in now,” said Roy.
After several hours, authorities were able to take Ecklund into custody Saturday evening, according to a news release.
Roy said Ecklund was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries that were self inflicted.
Ecklund is facing two felony charges of criminal mischief, three domestic violence simple assault charges, two criminal threatening charges and two reckless conduct charges.
Roy said Ecklund was arraigned Monday morning, and that a bail hearing has been scheduled for today at the 9th Circuit Court, Merrimack District Division.
Ecklund is currently being held on $25,000 cash bail.