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NH Man Who Shot Hospital Guard Was Banned From Having Guns

A man who fatally shot a security guard at a New Hampshire psychiatric hospital moments before being killed by a state police trooper was not allowed to have guns, ammunition, or any other dangerous weapons after an arrest in 2016, the Associated Press reports. At that time, police seized an assault-style rifle and a 9 mm handgun from John Madore, 33. Madore, who was arrested on assault and reckless conduct charges, was later involuntarily admitted at New Hampshire Hospital in Concord. The charges were dismissed in 2017 in a competency evaluation that remains sealed. The weapons ban against Madore was part of bail orders unsealed by a judge Wednesday.


On Nov. 17, Madore had a 9 mm pistol and ammunition when he shot and killed Bradley Haas, a state Department of Safety security officer working at the hospital’s front entrance. Madore was fatally shot by a state trooper shortly afterward. In addition to the pistol, police found an AR-style rifle, a tactical vest, and several ammunition magazines in a U-Haul truck that Madore had rented. Those firearms were not the same ones seized in 2016. It remains unclear how Madore acquired the guns found. If he had tried to buy them, he would have been required to note his hospitalization at a mental health institution when filling out a federal firearms application. For former police chief Haas, a celebration of life has been scheduled on Nov. 27.

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