Vermont man involved in I-89 Hopkinton shooting pleads guilty to N.H. charges

Thursday, 16 November 2017, 01:43:15 AM. A Quechee, Vt. man will serve no jail time in New Hampshire after being wounded in a police-involved shooting on Interstate 89 in Hopkinton.Bryan Evans pleaded guilty to two counts of criminal threatening and one count of disobeying an officer in...

A Quechee, Vt. man will serve no jail time in New Hampshire after being wounded in a police-involved shooting on Interstate 89 in Hopkinton.

Bryan Evans pleaded guilty to two counts of criminal threatening and one count of disobeying an officer in Merrimack County Superior Court Wednesday morning. He was sentenced to three one-year prison sentences, all suspended on good behavior, and two years of probation.

Evans was previously charged with possessing a quantity of cocaine and fentanyl and driving his mother’s 2017 Toyota Camry, which he knew was stolen. However, Merrimack County assistant attorney Carley Ahern said his mother did not want to pursue the stolen property charge.

The charges stem from a May 19 incident in which state police engaged in a tense standoff with Evans on Interstate 89 in Hopkinton that shut down the areas around Exit 6 southbound for several hours and ended with Evans being shot. Evans has also been charged in Vermont with burglary, grand larceny, unlawful mischief, petty larceny and operating a vehicle without the owner’s consent. 

Ahern said Evans has been out on probation on his Vermont charges since August. Previously, Evans had pleaded not guilty to all of his charges in New Hampshire and Vermont.

The episode with Evans began in Vermont and spilled into New Hampshire. Police were looking for the Camry, which had been reported stolen. The car was spotted at 6:47 p.m. May 19 on I-89 in the Sutton area, and Evans refused to pull over for New Hampshire State Police.

When Evans did pull over in Hopkinton between Exits 6 and 7, he refused to obey commands to show his hands; instead, “Evans quickly pulled his hand out of his jacket and pointed his hands in a two-handed, gun style fashion at the officers,” a report from the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office said. “These actions on the part of Evans led officers to reasonably believe that he had a gun pointed at them, and therefore prompted three officers to fire or attempt to fire their weapons at him.”

New London police Officer James MacKenna, State Police Troopers Michael Arteaga and Daniel Livingstone fired at Evans, according to reports. MacKenna fired one shot from a rifle and missed; Livingstone attempted to shoot at Evans, but his handgun “malfunctioned and did not fire;” and Arteaga fired two shots from his handgun and hit Evans in the left leg, according to the AG’s report. Police were found to be justified in their actions. Evans was unarmed.

Evans was transported to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon and was discharged in June. He has been out on $40,000 personal recognizance bail.

(Caitlin Andrews can be reached at 369-3309, candrews@cmonitor.com or on Twitter at @ActualCAndrews.)

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