Keene police arrest four, negotiate peaceful end to standoff

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KEENE — Police successfully ended a standoff on May 1 with multiple arrests following a search warrant service at a local residence as part of an ongoing crack cocaine investigation.

At about 8:45 a.m., Keene Police officers arrived at 74 Sullivan Street to execute the warrant.

Several individuals immediately fled into the home, ignoring officers’ orders to come out.

Keene Police Crisis Negotiators engaged in hours of efforts to reach the occupants via phone and loudspeaker.

Eventually, all individuals inside the building exited peacefully under the negotiators’ guidance and were detained.

Among those arrested were Kyle Kelley, 34, of Keene, for outstanding warrants related to child support and habitual offender charges.

Jonathan Chirichiello, 47, also of Keene, was taken into custody on a probation violation warrant.

Both Kelley and Chirichiello were held at the Cheshire County House of Corrections.

Eriziah Walker, 25, and Tyler Hill, 22, both from Springfield, MA, were charged with resisting arrest/detention and are scheduled for arraignment at the 8th Circuit Court- Keene.

Other individuals present were released without charges, but authorities anticipate further arrests and charges as the investigation, part of the state-funded Operation Granite Shield, continues.

The Keene Police Department acknowledges the assistance of the New Hampshire State Police, Keene Fire Department, and Cheshire County Sheriff’s Department in the resolution of this incident.

Anyone with information about this case is urged to contact Det. Truman of the Keene Police Department at (603) 357-9813.

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