Officials: Man killed was a fugitive on parole
By Meghan Foley
and Danielle Rivard
THE KEENE SENTINEL | April 02,2013
WALPOLE, N.H. — Details are emerging about the man killed in an officer-involved shooting Friday.
Larry A. Bohannon, 51, of Grafton, was a fugitive on parole in New Hampshire when he was shot and killed after a robbery in Bellows Falls on Friday afternoon, according to the N.H. Department of Corrections.
In 1994, Bohannon was convicted of kidnapping in Sullivan County and bail jumping in Cheshire County. He served time in the N.H. State Prison until March 1997, when he was released on parole, according to Jeffrey J. Lyons, N.H. Department of Corrections public information officer.
Bohannon was sentenced to two to 20 years in prison for both crimes, which ran concurrently, according to Lyons.
Bohannon then returned to prison for a parole violation in December 2007 before being released in June 2008, Lyons said. In July 2011, Bohannon was deemed a fugitive when he failed to report to his parole officer. Authorities then issued a warrant for his arrest, according to Lyons.
Lyons said Bohannon had a kidnapping conviction from another state in 1995, but he didn’t have any further information.
Bohannon was one of two men arrested by police in New Hampshire in connection with the kidnapping of Donald Coull of Claremont and Randy Crawford of Springfield, Vt., in October 1993, according to an Associated Press article published in The Sentinel Dec. 2, 1994. Neither Coull nor Crawford were hurt in the incident, the article stated. At the time, Bohannon lived in Ashuelot.
According to the article, authorities said Bohannon and a Keene man who knew Coull, picked him up, telling him they were going to show him their new apartment. Bohannon and the other man held Coull at gunpoint, accused him of stealing a generator, and repeatedly threatened him, the article stated, citing police.
Some time after kidnapping Coull, Bohannon and the other man picked up Crawford, and also held him against his will, according to information from police included in the article. Both Coull and Crawford were later released at Crawford’s house, the article stated.
Bohannon pleaded not guilty to charges of kidnapping and simple assault in criminal court in Brattleboro Dec. 1, 1994, according to the article.
On Dec. 23, 1994, Bohannon pleaded no contest to both charges, court documents stated. He was sentenced on Jan. 13, 1995, to two to 20 years in jail for the kidnapping, and up to 12 months for the simple assault, according to court documents. Information was unavailable about how many years of the sentence he served, and where he was incarcerated.
Bohannon died Friday from gunshot wounds to the head, chest and abdomen after a police pursuit that ended when his pickup crashed on Upper Walpole Road at about 4:30 p.m.
Shortly before the shooting, Bohannon robbed Snow and Lear/Newton Business in Bellows Falls at gunpoint at 4:16 p.m., according to police. He fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of money, and was seen by witnesses speeding from downtown in a dark-colored pickup, according to authorities.
The clerk at the office and stationery supply store during the armed robbery, Nancy Staniszewski, who is in her 70s and lives in North Walpole, was not hurt.
The investigation into the circumstances surrounding Bohannon’s death is continuing and no further information is expected to be released until early next week, according to a joint news release issued Saturday by N.H. Attorney General Michael Delaney, State Police and the police chiefs in Walpole and Alstead.
In a post on the Walpole Police Department Facebook page Saturday morning, officers thanked residents for their thoughts, prayers and support in the wake of the shooting.
“As you all can imagine, it’s been a busy night. We’re all fine and will get through this. Just a reminder that it can, and does happen in smaller towns,” the posting stated.
Janice K. Rundles, N.H. senior assistant attorney general, said Sunday she couldn’t comment if Bohannon might be linked to a recent slew of armed robberies in the area. The most recent of those robberies happened on the night of March 19 in Keene.
Keene police could not comment Monday if there was a connection between Bohannon and the robberies.
There have been at least five other armed robberies reported in the area since December.
“We are looking into all circumstances and his background,” Rundles said, referring to Bohannon.