Efforts to serve restraining order led to Ossipee shooting

{child_byline}By Bea Lewis

Union Leader Correspondent


OSSIPEE – Efforts to serve a domestic violence restraining order prompted a confrontation that ended with police shooting and wounding a Carroll County man last month, court documents show.

John D. Swanson, 53, 35 Oakwood Drive, Center Ossipee, was wounded in an officer-involved shooting the afternoon of Nov. 7, after state police were called in to assist local authorities who had attempted to serve Swanson with a court order barring him from having any contact with his elderly mother.

When officers arrived at the home Swanson shared with his mother to serve him with the legal documents and arrest him, he refused to leave the residence. State police were called to assist, according to a news release issued by the New Hampshire Attorney General’s office.

Shortly before 8 p.m., Troopers Nicholas Levesque, Michael Cedrone and Nicholas Cyr discharged their firearms during the incident. The state disclosed that Swanson was wounded and required medical treatment, but has not disclosed how many times, or where Swanson was hit.

According to documents filed in Carroll County family court, Swanson’s mother, Patricia, 81, had asked the court for a temporary restraining order explaining that her son had struggled with mental health issues since he was a teen and that he stopped taking his prescribed medication for treatment of bipolar disorder, as it was no longer effective.

She wrote in the petition submitted to the court that her son had become both verbally and physical abusive to her and that she had fled her home at 3:30 that morning in fear for her safety.

He had become increasingly paranoid, and “believed that the television was both watching and listening to them both,” she wrote.

Court records indicate that John Swanson is 6 feet, 3 inches tall and weighs 220 pounds. The defendant information sheet for law enforcement contained in the court file warned that Swanson possessed a hunting rifle that was kept in the basement of the home and that he had a history of assault on police.

In the petition, Mrs. Swanson asked for her son to be hospitalized so that his medication could be adjusted.

The same day the petition was filed, Judge Charles L. Greenhalgh granted the temporary restraining order that barred Swanson from having any contact with his mother, or going within 500 feet of where she may be. It also mandated that he surrender any firearms on ammunition he possessed to law enforcement.

Deputy Carroll County Attorney Steve Briden said the investigation is still underway when asked if charges are pending against Swanson.

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