Police in Manchester were forced to deploy tear gas to resolve an hours-long standoff initiated by a man who threatened to shoot first responders.

The incident began after authorities were called to a Krakow Street apartment on Wednesday for a wellness check on an unidentified man, who police described as "despondent."

The man initially refused to open his door for the property manager, who told police that he noticed a foul smell coming from the apartment and could see plastic bottles through a window.

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Manchester police have arrested 32 year-old Ian MacPherson on two counts of attempted capital murder following Friday morning's shooting of two police officers.

At a press conference, law enforcement officials identified the two injured officers as 27 year-old Ryan Hardy and 28 year-old Matthew O'Connor.

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One of the big three credit rating agencies has downgraded Manchester’s overall bond rating.

Fitch Ratings has lowered Manchester’s rating from AA+ to AA. The agency cites the city’s tax cap, rising pension costs and its deficit that caused the city to raise taxes beyond its cap.

Manchester owes $122 million in general bonds and about $59 million in school facilities revenue bonds. The school bond rating also dipped from AA to AA-. But Fitch kept its rating outlook at ‘stable.’

Last year, ratings agency Moody’s similarly downgraded Manchester’s credit rating.

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Non-smokers living in Manchester’s public housing are getting a little more breathing room.

A smoking ban goes into effect today for the city’s 1,400 public housing units.

Dick Dunfey, Executive Director of the Manchester Housing and Redevelopment Authority, says it will be a tough transition for some residents. 

We totally recognize how difficult this is going to be for certain smokers, but we do believe it's over-ridden by the health benefits for those who live near and with them. 

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On Tuesday, Manchester voters will pick nine names from a list of 62 candidates vying to serve on the city’s charter commission. And public education is a central issue.