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Man charged with the shooting of the officers, to plead for insanity

MANCHESTER, N. H. – A man charged with the shooting and wounding of two New Hampshire police last year, is changing his plea to not guilty due to insanity.

Ian MacPherson previously pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and first-degree assault. Court officials said Tuesday a plea and sentence hearing is set for Feb. 8. On Wednesday, they said that the parties have agreed to the new means.

MacPherson is accused of shooting Manchester officers Ryan Hardy and Matthew O’connor in May 2016, while they are behind him because he matches the description of a suspect 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.

MacPherson public defender was not available for comment Wednesday.

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