Rochester – On the morning of August 16, 2019, Rochester Police received information from the U.S. probation department that a wanted subject was currently in Rochester. The subject was identified as JODY A. SHEA 50 year old, and was believed to be at 21 Joshua Street (not his residence)–Shea is believed to be from Massachusetts and Georgia. Shea was wanted out of Dawson County Georgia for Probation Violation stemming from a burglary with a weapon with nationwide extradition. Rochester Police also had active warrants for Shea stemming from an August 2, 2019 domestic violence incident that occurred in Rochester.
Intel from today stated Shea was armed with a gun, and was not going to be taken into custody. After Rochester Police completed a threat assessment of the situation–the Strafford County Regional Tactical Operations Unit was called and responded. Also assisting in this apprehension attempt were the U.S. Marshals, Seacoast CERT, and NH State Police including their helicopter.
The operation commenced at around noontime. During the operations, tactical teams evacuated adjacent residents then had a solid perimeter around 21 Joshua Street. During the operation to take Shea into custody, the negotiating unit of the Strafford County team were successful in making phone contact with Shea. After some time of negotiating with Shea, he voluntarily surrendered and was taken into custody without incident at 3:25pm.
Shea was charged with:
DV Criminal Threatening – A Misd (from August 2nd)
DV Obstructing a report of a crime – A Misd (from August 2nd)
DV simple assault – A Misd (from August 2nd)
Fugitive from Justice (Felony) from Dawson County Georgia
Felon in possession of dangerous weapon – shotgun – (B Felony) from today’s incident.
Shea was held with no bail, and will be arraigned on Monday August 19, 2019 at Strafford Superior Court.
Rochester Police would like to thank the assisting agencies, and due to the collaboration and professionalism–no citizens, officers, or the suspect were injured during the operation. We thank the citizens that were affected for their patience, and the 603 Storage facility on Cross Road which was used as the command post.