LACONIA — A nearly six-hour standoff with police ended peacefully Thursday after a man barricaded in his condominium surrendered to police.
Hoon Nowack, 52, was arrested for felony reckless conduct and resisting arrest shortly before 5 p.m. The incident began about 11 a.m. when police were called to the Evergreen Condominiums on Weirs Boulevard at the request of a family member.
When police arrived, they learned that Nowack had shot his television and also fired a round out a window. They telephoned Nowack’s daughter, who was inside the condo, and told her to leave.
Police Chief Matt Canfield said officers made repeated efforts to contact Nowack via telephone, text message and public address system, to no avail. The Belknap Regional Special Operations Group was called and Laconia police officers went door to door in the sprawling complex, instructing residents to evacuate.
Weirs Boulevard was closed and traffic was re-routed across White Oaks Road.
Both a pepper spray gas and a tear gas-type gas were deployed into Nowack’s condo, but that only caused a “mild response,” according to Canfield.
Police deployed a remote-control, camera-equipped robot to enter the building. Once they were able to determine which room Nowack was in, additional projectiles of gas were introduced, prompting him to come out.
No injuries were reported, police said.
Shortly after Nowack was taken into custody, Canfield said, police were applying for a search warrant for his condo.
Nowack is scheduled to be arraigned in Belknap County Superior Court at 1:30 p.m. on Friday.