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Man accused of shooting the officers go to the psychiatric unit

BRENTWOOD, N. H. – A man charged with the shooting and wounding of two New Hampshire police officers have pleaded not guilty due to insanity and will serve five years in a state psychiatric unit.

Ian MacPherson previously pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and assault but changed his plea.

WMUR-TV reported Thursday that the Rockingham County Superior Court Judge Andrew Schulman ordered MacPherson to serve five years in a state prison psychiatric unit.

MacPherson was accused of shooting Manchester officers Ryan Hardy and Matthew O’connor in May 2016, after they tried to put him in a gas station robbery.

Hardy was shot in the face and the trunk. O’connor was treated for a gunshot wound to the leg. Both officers have returned to work.

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This story is corrected to the shooting happened in 2016, and not that of last year.

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