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Giammarino injured in Hillsborough riot 



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Monday, March 05, 2018

Two men and a woman were indicted in New Hampshire Superior Court in February on various charges stemming from a riot that took place in Hillsborough last October.

Greenfield Police Chief Brian Giammarino, who was working in Antrim at the time, said he and another officer were called to the area on October 22 for a noise complaint. In an interview on Wednesday, Giammarino said the Hillsborough officer he was with knew the area well.

Giammarino said they knew quickly that they were in a bad situation.

At one point, the officers were trying to pull out and one of the subjects started kicking the Antrim police cruiser.

“I could tell by how hard he was kicking that he was doing damage,” Giammarino said.

Giammarino said the situation went “downhill real fast” from there.  Giammarino was injured in the groin during the incident, according to court documents.

Paul Sousa, 26, of Weare, is facing a felony-level riot charge after he allegedly shouted at officers, blocked an officer’s patrol cruiser with a board, kicked an officer’s cruiser, and then resisted arrest on Oct. 22. The charge carries a sentence of three and a half to seven years in prison and a $4,000 fine.

Sousa is also facing a criminal mischief charge after he allegedly struck an Antrim police cruiser, which caused more than $1,500 worth of damage. The charge is a Class B misdemeanor and carries a sentence of three and a half to seven years in prison and a $4,000 fine.

Nicholas Mercier, 23, of Hillsborough, is also facing a felony-level riot charge after he allegedly shouted at officers, blinded officers with a flashlight, and threatened or intimidated them with an axe. The charge carries a three and a half to seven-year sentence and a $4,000 fine. Mercier faces a criminal threatening charge after he allegedly committed violence against Giammarino, who was in the line of duty. Court documents say, Mercier told Giammarino that he would “smash his head” and “blow his brains out.” The charge is a Class A misdemeanor and carries a two to five-year sentence and a $2,000 fine.  

Heather Page, 24, of Hillsborough, is facing a riot charge for allegedly “blinding” officers Mark McSweeney and Giammarino with a flashlight. The charge carries a three and a half to seven-year sentence and a $4,000 fine.

Giammarino said the situation fell apart quickly and as a result “people got arrested and will go to jail.”