State police shooting in Manchester justified, investigation concludes
The state trooper who fatally shot a Canterbury woman two weeks ago on a residential street in Manchester was justified in doing so, the state attorney general has concluded.
In a report released this morning, Attorney General Joseph Foster announced that the officer, Chad Lavoie, opened fire at Wendy Lawrence after she rammed his police car, backed up and began driving toward it again. Lavoie, who exited the vehicle after the first collision, was standing directly in her path, Foster's report states.
"Trooper Lavoie fired his handgun multiple times at Ms. Lawrence in an attempt to stop her from running him down," the report states.
Three other officers, who, along with Lavoie, had pursued Lawrence as she sped down Interstate 93 from Bow, where she had been stopped for driving erratically, witnessed the shooting and told investigators they believed Lawrence was going to run Lavoie over with her car, a Chevy Monte Carlo.
Lawrence, 45, was hit four times, including once fatally in the chest. She was taken to Elliot Hospital and later pronounced dead.