A New Hampshire man was arrested Friday night, February 8, after threatening to burn his vehicle and shoot police officers if they tried to stop him.
Shaun M. Cadorette, 27, of Mulberry, New Hampshire, was driving around on the streets of Cookeville about 6 p.m. and called 911 from his cell phone to tell dispatchers “that he had taken several pills and was going to kill himself,” says a report by Cookeville Police Officer Jason Hees.
“He also stated to 911 that he would burn his vehicle and would shoot police if they tried to stop him.”
Dispatchers and officers attempted to find the caller by pinging the cell phone signal, and someone was able to develop a description of the vehicle, a black SUV.
But the caller continued driving around various streets, making it difficult for officers to locate him. However, he remained on the line with 911 dispatchers, and finally, someone was able to pinpoint the vehicle in the parking lot at the McDonald’s restaurant at 515 S. Willow Avenue.
The vehicle was parked behind the restaurant between McDonald’s and a bank located on W. Jackston St., Officer Hees said.
Officers surrounded the place, and Officer Justin Long was on the phone talking to the man as others began making plans to approach the vehicle.
“Once it was confirmed that the subject in the black SUV parked in the rear of the parking lot was the subject who had been on the phone with 911 threatening to kill himself, blow up his vehicle, and shoot anyone who responded, officers began to evacuate people from the area,” Officer Hee’s report says.
“The entrances and exits were blocked to prevent anyone from entering the area and anyone who was present was ordered to exit the parking lot.
“Once the vehicle were cleared from the drive-through, spike strips were set across the south side of the parking lot and patrol cars were used to block the north side exit.”
An ambulance was stationed nearby, and city firefighters were also notified of the situation.
After a time, Officer Long was able to talk the man into exiting the vehicle, Hees said.
Other officers immediately ordered the man to the ground, and Officer Hees approached with his gun drawn. The man on the ground then began yelling for the officers to shoot him, and they began to try to handcuff him.
“He resisted by forcing his arms under his chest as he was lying on his stomach and stated he was going to hang himself in jail and stated that we should have just shot him,” the Hees report says.
As the man continued to resist being taken into custody, an officer tasered him, and then he was handcuffed.
He was taken to Cookeville Regional Medical Center under guard by officers.
He was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
Five 6th graders at Cornerstone Middle School were suspended from school two weeks ago over alleged involvement in a pill selling scheme.
Four boys and one girl, all in the 12-year-old range, were accused of trying to sell pills to other students in the school, and some students did ingest some of the pills, according to Putnam Schools Assistant Director Jeff Comer.
Comer said initial investigation shows that “a group of kids had brought pills from home” to sell at school. He said some of the pills were prescription medicine and some were over-the-counter medications.
Cornerstone Principal Billy Stepp and other school officials became aware of the situation and conducted an investigation that led to the suspension of the five students under the Putnam School Board’s Zero Tolerance Policy for illegal drugs at schools.
Following the suspensions, the students and their parents had the right to appeal the action through the board’s disciplinary hearing system, and in fact, some hearings for some of the students were taking place last week, Comer said.