Driver with handgun holds off man who jumped in his car until police arrives
NASHUA NH – An Amherst man found himself at the business end of a driver’s gun Tuesday afternoon after he allegedly tried to steal a car in downtown Nashua.
Multiple witnesses called police shortly before noon and reported an incident involving a gun near Southern New Hampshire Medical Center, prompting police to shut down Medical Center Drive.
Nashua police Lt. Michael Moushegian said James Paul, 33, of 32A Route 101A, Amherst, is charged with getting into a car that was stopped but running in the medical center’s parking lot and trying to take it.
The adult male driver, who didn’t know Paul, repeatedly ordered Paul out of the vehicle and, fearing for his safety, pulled out a handgun and forced him out, Moushegian said.
Patrol officers rushed to the scene and ordered Paul and the driver of the vehicle onto the ground, then were able to sort out what had happened, Moushegian said. The driver was in legal possession of the firearm.
“Any time a gun is involved we’re going to take extra precautions,” he said.
Moushegian said Medical Center Drive was shut down for 10 or 15 minutes and Paul was arrested about 20 minutes after the initial calls to police.
No one was injured in the incident.
Paul is charged with attempted unauthorized use of a propelled vehicle, which is a misdemeanor.
FREDDY’S Note. Why is jumping into a car and trying to steal it only a misdemeanor in New Hampshire?