NH: Hunter Aims Loaded Hunting Rifle At Neighbors
November 24, 2009
Authorities Say Ongoing Dispute May Have Led To Rifle Incident
WEARE, N.H. -- Police have arrested and charged a man who is accused of
pointing a loaded hunting rifle equipped with a scope at two neighbors over
the weekend in Weare.
Investigators said two neighbors were outside doing yard work on Sunday
when another neighbor walked toward them, pointing a hunting rifle in their
"We received a call of a man standing in the roadway pointing a hunting
rifle with a scope attached at two men working outside in the yard at the
time," Weare police Detective Frank Hebert said.
Police said the rifle was loaded when officers confiscated it. Police
identified the rifle as the same weapon that Keith Keene, 38, allegedly
pointed at his neighbors on Sunday afternoon.
Investigators said witnesses told them Keene was lurking near houses on
his own street, Grace Drive, when, at one point, he walked toward two of his
neighbors working in their yard. Police say the two neighbors feared for
"One of the men ran behind a pickup truck to shield himself. The other
ran inside the residence to call the police," Hebert said.
Police said no shots were fired and officers found Keene at his home.
Police charged Keene with reckless conduct and criminal threatening, along
with a drug charge after police said officers found marijuana in his pocket.
Police said a neighbor disagreement is at the center of the situation,
but officials would not elaborate.
"I will tell you there have been issues in the past. There's an on-going
dispute," Hebert said.
Keene remained held Monday night on $50,000 bail.
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