MANCHESTER — The Manchester Police Department has arrested 18-year-old Waleed Al Thuwayni on numerous charges stemming from an incident that resulted in an officer-involved shooting on March 26.
According to police, multiple 911 calls were received at around 11:30 p.m. regarding a vehicle that was driving recklessly in the area of Elm St and Valley St.
Callers provided a license plate and vehicle description, which showed the car belonged to Waleed Al Thuwayni of Manchester.
Complaints about the driving came in from Elm St, South Willow St, and other parts of the City.
A Manchester Police Officer located the vehicle driving recklessly on South Willow Street and attempted to conduct a motor vehicle stop; however, the vehicle fled at a high rate of speed.
A short pursuit ensued, which was called off due to concerns for the public’s safety based on Al Thuwayni’s continued reckless driving.
A short time later, a Manchester Police officer located the vehicle in the parking lot of 265 Maple Street.
The vehicle was operated by Mr. Al Thuwayni.
As the officer attempted to make contact with him, Al Thuwayni pulled out what appeared to be a black handgun and pointed it at the officer.
The officer discharged his weapon, wounding Al Thuwayni.
The weapon pointed at the officer, believed to be a firearm, was located in the vehicle.
A further inspection determined the object to be a BB Gun resembling a realistic handgun.
Al Thuwayni has been charged with Reckless Conduct with a Deadly Weapon, Criminal Threatening with a Deadly Weapon, and Disobeying an Officer.
His arraignment has not been scheduled at the time of this release.
The use of deadly force by the Manchester Police Officer is being investigated by the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office and New Hampshire State Police.