10 years of police-involved shootings in New Hampshire 

Published: 6/8/2016 1:53:03 PM
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In the past 10 years, 32 people have been shot by police in New Hampshire. A third of the cases involved people with mental illnesses and in two thirds of the cases the subjects were killed. In 13 instances, the subject was unarmed. For more details, click on the map, or scroll below. 

 

 

 

 

 

Kip Pepin

Date: February 4, 2005

Location: Salem

Description: Kip Pepin was shot multiple times by two officers, Wesley Decker and Brian Bodenrader, during a physical altercation outside his house. At the time, Pepin was armed with a loaded 12-guage shotgun. It was snowing heavily, and the officers had arrived with two others after Pepin was involved in a bar fight and reportedly threatened to go home and get his gun. When the officers arrived, they found Pepin hiding under some bushes out front. They tried to pull him out but he resisted. During the exchange, they realized he was grasping a shotgun. Pepin made repeated threats about shooting at the officers. When he started to rise and turn toward them, Decker and Bodenrader opened fire.

Fatal: Yes

Officer shooters: 2

Victim’s age: 27

Victim’s gender: Male

Victim armed: Yes

Previous police contact: Yes

Shots fired (location): 7 (buttocks, lower back)

Ruling (reason): Justified (imminent threat)

Taser deployed: No

Mental illness suspected: Not given

Drug or Alcohol likely involved: Yes

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Richard Fowler

Date: August 30-31, 2005

Location: Rochester

Description: Richard Fowler of Haverhill, Mass., was driving with his girlfriend shortly before midnight when an officer noticed his plates didn't correspond to his car. Fowler refused to stop. State officers were called in to help, and a high-speed pursuit unfolded. In Barrington, Sgt. William Neenan learned of the chase and joined. Police in Rochester eventually flattened Fowler's tires with spikes, but Fowler continued driving until he became pinned between two cruisers. Fowler revved his engine and ignored orders to stop and surrender. Needham, now standing behind the car, opened fire twice through the car's rear windshield. He later said he was afraid Fowler would run him over.

Fatal: No

Officer shooters: 1

Victim’s age: 29

Victim’s gender: Male

Victim armed: Yes (car)

Previous police contact: Not given

Shots fired (location): 6 (back)

Ruling (reason): Undetermined. (In a report, the attorney general’s office said Neenan arguably placed himself in danger unnecessarily, but his actions weren’t prosecutable. "Neenan had options short of shooting the driver," it said. "As stated, Fowler was blocked in, and his vehicle was significantly disabled. There were many police officers on scene. Levels of persuasion short of deadly force were available.")

Taser deployed: No

Mental illness suspected: Not given

Drug or Alcohol likely involved: Yes

 

 

 

 

Sashua Yuksel

 

Date: July 24, 2006

Location: Marlborough

Description: Sasha Yuksel was pulled over midmorning in Marlborough by a state trooper. He was sought by police in neighboring Swanzey, where minutes earlier he allegedly left the scene of a collision. He was also being sought for questioning by Hollis police after his mother and stepfather accused him of beating them the day before. Yuksel complied with the trooper's request to get out of his sedan, but he resisted arrest, coming after the trooper, David Hinkell, repeatedly. Hinkell deployed pepper spray three times to no effect and then tried but failed to incapacitate Yuksel with a Taser. He finally fired his pistol once, hitting Yuksel in his midsection. Multiple civilians witnessed the exchange.

Fatal: Yes

Officer shooters: 1

Victim’s age: 35

Victim’s gender: Male

Victim armed: No

Previous police contact: Yes

Shots fired (location): 1 (torso)

Ruling (reason): Justified (imminent threat)

Taser deployed: Yes

Mental illness suspected: Not given

Drug or Alcohol likely involved: No

 

 

 

 

Clyde Gauntt

Date: September 29, 2006

Location: Concord

Description: Concord police were called to the home of a woman for a burglary investigation after relatives living next door noticed a light on in the house when they knew she wasn't home. They later discovered the woman's son, Clyde Gauntt, inside. Gauntt had a known history of medical illness, alcoholism and assaults against police and family members. He had been served with a no trespassing order for his mother's home a day earlier. After spotting Gauntt, Sgt. Cori Casey repeatedly yelled for him to get down, but Gauntt instead moved toward Casey, his hand hidden beside his hip. Casey began backing away, and then Gauntt pulled a knife and lunged at him. Casey fired two shots in response.

Fatal: Yes

Officer shooters: 1

Victim’s age: 54

Victim’s gender: Male

Victim armed: Yes

Previous police contact: Yes

Shots fired (location): 2 (torso, chest)

Ruling (reason): Justified (imminent threat)

Taser deployed: No

Mental illness suspected: Yes

Drug or Alcohol likely involved: Not given

 

 

 

 

Derek Soucie

Date: September 1, 2007

Location: Hampton Falls

Description: Derek Soucie was shot in the arm as he drove a van at Hampton Falls Officer Jeremy Tetreault, following a police chase. Tetreault had repeatedly ordered Soucie to stop driving and he responded by ramming Tetreault's cruiser, narrowly missing the officer. Tetreault discharged his sidearm six times, striking the van in the passenger side sliding door and passenger door area. Soucie's family later brought a lawsuit against the town, which was settled for $37,500 (the town did not declare wrongdoing). The suit claimed Tetreault had used excessive force.

Fatal: No

Officer shooters: 1

Victim’s age: 24

Victim’s gender: Male

Victim armed: No

Previous police contact: Yes

Shots fired (location): 6 (upper arm, shoulder)

Ruling (reason): Justified (imminent threat)

Taser deployed: No

Mental illness suspected: No

Drug or Alcohol likely involved: Yes

 

 

 

 

Anthony Jarvis

Date: July 26, 2008

Location: Charlestown

Description: Anthony Jarvis was shot dead after state police arrived at his mobile home with a search warrant. A felon who had a weapon, Jarvis refused to comply with police orders to exit his trailer, a standoff ensued and officers eventually stormed in after an officer yelled that he had been shot. A friend later said Jarvis was trying to protect his son, Jesse, from going back to jail. Jesse Jarvis, who went on to found the Brotherhood of White Warriors, or BOWW, had turned himself in on a parole violation when officers arrived.

Fatal: Yes

Officer shooters: 1

Victim’s age: 53

Victim’s gender: Male

Victim armed: Yes

Previous police contact: Yes

Shots fired (location): 6 (upper arm, shoulder)

Ruling (reason): Justified (imminent threat)

Taser deployed: No

Mental illness suspected: No

Drug or Alcohol likely involved: Yes

 

 

 

 

John Frank Leipold

Date: November 22, 2008

Location: Manchester

Description: State trooper Stephan Czyzowski and Londonderry police officer Jason Teufel fired at John Frank Leipold as he drove his Subaru at Teufel, nearly hitting him. Teufel had tried to pull Leipold over for possible drunk driving. Leipold fled into an elevated parking lot in Manchester, where three police cruisers boxed him in. The officers got out on foot and repeatedly ordered Leipold to exit his car. Leipold instead rammed the cruisers and drove over a small retaining wall and at Teufel, who was out of his cruiser. Teufel and Czyzowksi, who was standing behind Leipold's car, both fired. Leipold still managed to drive off and made it to Goffstown, where he was arrested and given medical attention.

Fatal: Not fatal

Officer shooters: 2

Victim’s age: 48

Victim’s gender: Male

Victim armed: Yes (car)

Previous police contact: Yes

Shots fired (location): 1 (torso)

Ruling (reason): Justified (imminent threat)

Taser deployed: No

Mental illness suspected: No

Drug or Alcohol likely involved: Yes

 

 

 

 

Jeffrey Richardson

Date: July 18, 2009

Location: Swanzey

Description: Swanzey police Cpl. Robert Eccleston responded to the parking lot of a methadone clinic, where a man who was driving erratically had stopped. Eccleston tried to talk to the man, Jeffrey Richardson, and when he got no response he radioed for help. Richardson took off running toward his car. Eccelston ordered him to stop and, after Richardson got into the vehicle, he reached in to detain Richardson. Richardson grabbed his arm instead and began taking off, with Eccelston sprinting to keep up. Fearing he would be dragged into heavy traffic, Eccelston pulled out his pistol and fired four shots.

Fatal: Yes

Officer shooters: 1

Victim’s age: 24

Victim’s gender: Male

Victim armed: Yes (car)

Previous police contact: Yes

Shots fired (location): 4 (shoulder)

Ruling (reason): Justified (imminent threat)

Taser deployed: No

Mental illness suspected: No

Drug or Alcohol likely involved: Yes

 

 

 

 

Charles Turcotte

Date: February 2, 2010

Location: Keene

Description: Police were called after Charles "Chuck" Turcotte broke into his ex-girlfriend's home was threatening her with knives inside a bedroom. When the officers arrived Turcotte grabbed the woman from behind and held a knife to her side. He refused to drop the weapon, saying he wanted to spend five minutes alone with the woman. The officers declined to leave, but said they would handcuff him and givee to speak with her. Turcotte wouldn't agree. Other officers arrived. One of them, Keene police officer Joshua English, eventually got a clean shot and fired, hitting Turcotte's right cheek.

Fatal: Yes

Officer shooters: 1

Victim’s age: 41

Victim’s gender: Male

Victim armed: Yes

Previous police contact: Not given

Shots fired (location): 1 (head)

Ruling (reason): Justified (defense of third party – woman being held at knifepoint)

Taser deployed: No

Mental illness suspected: No

Drug or Alcohol likely involved: Yes

 

 

 

 

Larry Minassian

Date: January 6, 2011

Location: Salem

Description: Larry Minassian was threatening suicide in his front lawn. He said he'd lost his faith and that the FBI was after him for selling drugs out of his home. Minassian had been arrested by the Salem police at least twice before, in 2008 and 2009, and had been drinking and combative both times, according to news accounts. This time he was sober but armed. Besides the sword, he had a knife tucked into the back of his waistband. Officers closed the road to traffic but witnesses were nearby, including one man who recognized Minassian and shouted to him to drop his weapon. More officers arrived, and some of them pulled their guns. A rescue crew was parked nearby, and one officer climbed a fence to position himself behind Minassian, who was yelling.

Minassian's attorney later told the Monitor he was overwhelmed and panicked by the eight officers who arrived. Without warning, Minassian charged toward the officers with the sword raised. He was shot six times and lost his left leg from the injuries that resulted. The police had called for a less powerful beanbag gun to disable him but it had not arrived by the time Minassian was shot. Minassian received almost no mental health treatment before the encounter. He said in an 2011 interview that he had not thought seriously about getting help, in part because he didn't have a job or insurance to pay for it.

Fatal: No

Officer shooters: 3

Victim’s age: 51

Victim’s gender: Male

Victim armed: Yes

Previous police contact: Yes

Shots fired (location): 6 (hip, leg, torso)

Ruling (reason): Justified (imminent threat)

Taser deployed: Yes

Mental illness suspected: Yes

Drug or Alcohol likely involved: No

 

 

 

 

Wayne Martin

Date: February 2, 2011

Location: Concord

Description: Wayne Martin refused to leave his apartment for several hours when Concord police came to take him to the state psychiatric hospital, at the request of his mental health care provider, Riverbend. He was fatally shot when he emerged from the apartment and charged officers with a hatchet. Martin suffered from schizophrenia and was under close care. He had skipped his medication earlier that week. Police went to check on him. Two officers fired and killed Martin. Martin's sister later said he hated taking the medication, because it made him "like a zombie."

Fatal: Yes

Officer shooters: 2

Victim’s age: 29

Victim’s gender: Male

Victim armed: Yes

Previous police contact: Yes

Shots fired (location): 3 (back)

Ruling (reason): Justified (imminent threat)

Taser deployed: Yes

Mental illness suspected: Yes

Drug or Alcohol likely involved: No

 

 

 

 

James Breton

Date: May 7, 2011

Location: Manchester

Description: James Breton barricaded himself inside his home with his 7-year-old daughter after police came for a welfare check. A 37-hour standoff ensued, until officers tried to check on the two with a mirror inserted from an armored vehicle. Breton reacted angrily, shattering the mirror, which a SWAT team officer mistook for the sound of a gunshot. He fired in return. Breton was later said to be depressed and expecting to be arrested on felony sex charges.

Fatal: Yes

Officer shooters: 1

Victim’s age: 50

Victim’s gender: Male

Victim armed: Yes

Previous police contact: Not given

Shots fired (location): At least 3 (chest)

Ruling (reason): Justified (imminent threat)

Taser deployed: No

Mental illness suspected: No

Drug or Alcohol likely involved: No

 

 

 

 

Shelly Naroian

Date: May 19, 2011

Location: Hillsborough

Description: Six officers responded to the home of Shelly Naroian after her husband called and said she was threatening to kill herself with a gun. Two officers entered, at which time Naroian raised the gun and pointed it at one of them (the gun was later found to be unloaded). They each fired, and one of the bullets pierced her neck. The police had responded to the Naroian house twice the day before the fatal encounter: once for a call from Naroian's husband, who said she had left the house after taking unspecified drugs; and once later for a call from Naroian herself, who complained about past behavior by her son. Officers described her demeanor at that time as pleasant.

Fatal: Yes

Officer shooters: 2

Victim’s age: 47

Victim’s gender: Female

Victim armed: Yes

Previous police contact: Yes

Shots fired (location): 2 (neck)

Ruling (reason): Justified (imminent threat)

Taser deployed: No

Mental illness suspected: Yes

Drug or Alcohol likely involved: Yes

 

 

 

 

Chris Seksinsky

Date: June 27, 2011

Location: Winchester

Description: Chris Seksinsky had lost his job earlier in the year and stopped filling a prescription to help stabilize his mental health. Police were called after Seksinsky's wife said her husband had a knife and was acting suicidal. When officers arrived and told Seksinsky to drop the knife, he instead stood up and walked toward them. Seksinsky didn't respond to orders to drop the knife, or stop, even after three officers fired their Tasers at him. A fourth officer fired his handgun. An ex-wife later said Seksinsky suicidal episodes before, and that she had dealt with them by calling his therapist rather that police.

Fatal: Yes

Officer shooters: 1

Victim’s age: 39

Victim’s gender: Male

Victim armed: Yes

Previous police contact: Not given

Shots fired (location): 1 (upper arm, chest)

Ruling (reason): Justified (imminent threat)

Taser deployed: Yes

Mental illness suspected: Yes

Drug or Alcohol likely involved: No

 

 

 

 

Alberto Pagan

Date: October 22, 2011

Location: Pelham

Description: Alberto Pagan, a hospital security guard from Dracut, Mass., was killed after assaulting his ex-girlfriend in Massachusetts and then leading police on a chase and advancing toward officers with a gun pointed at them. During standoff, which lasted two hours, Pagan wrote on his Facebook page that he was "ending his life rite now." His blood alcohol level was later found to be nearly twice the legal limit for driving, At one point during the standoff, Pagan reportedly told officers to shoot him and that he wanted to die, saying “What’s it gonna take to shoot me?”

Fatal: Yes

Officer shooters: 5

Victim’s age: 21

Victim’s gender: Male

Victim armed: Yes

Previous police contact: Not given

Shots fired (location): Several (not given)

Ruling (reason): Justified (imminent threat)

Taser deployed: No

Mental illness suspected: No

Drug or Alcohol likely involved: Yes

 

 

 

 

Julio Angel DeJesus

Date: April 17, 2012

Location: Keene

Description: Julio Angel DeJesus, of Lawrence, Mass., was out on parole when he was caught burglarizing a computer store in Keene and tried to flee. A police chase ensued, after which DeJesus took off on foot, then returned to his vehicle and started driving at one of two officers. That officer, James Lamoureux, fired several shots in return, stiking DeJesus once. DeJesus had been part of a Lawrence car theft gang, news accounts reported at the time.

Fatal: Yes

Officer shooters: 1

Victim’s age: 35

Victim’s gender: Male

Victim armed: Yes (car)

Previous police contact: Yes

Shots fired (location): Several (neck)

Ruling (reason): Justified (imminent threat)

Taser deployed: No

Mental illness suspected: No

Drug or Alcohol likely involved: No

 

 

 

 

Jason Lagueux

Date: July 9, 2012

Location: Litchfield

Description: Officers were called to a mobile home park in Litchfied after a resident there called to report hearing gunshots. Officers heard more as they arrived and surrounded trailer number 23, inside of which Jason Lagueux was waiting with a pistol in his hand. Lagueux stepped out of the home and began waiving the gun around, and eventually raised and pointed it toward an officer. Another officer, state police trooper Thomas Lencki, opened fire, hitting Lagueux in the back and piercing his lung. Relatives and friends told investigators that Lagueux had been struggling with mental health issues and self medicating with alcohol and occasionally drugs. He had lost his job 10 months earlier. He acted paranoid and delusional at times, saying that people were watching him and that there were wires coming out of his fingers. Lageuex's father said Lagueux told him once, a few months earlier, that voices were telling him to “kill, kill, kill." Police found eight guns inside the trailer.

Fatal: Yes

Officer shooters: 1

Victim’s age: 35

Victim’s gender: Male

Victim armed: Yes

Previous police contact: Not given

Shots fired (location): 1 (back)

Ruling (reason): Justified (imminent threat)

Taser deployed: No

Mental illness suspected: Yes

Drug or Alcohol likely involved: Yes

 

 

 

 

Grant Hebert

Date: October 28, 2012

Location: Windham

Description: A police officer tried to pull over Grant Hebert for speeding in a residential neighborhood. Hebert, who had been drinking and smoking marijuana, tried to outrun him. He had been charged with marijuana possession five months earlier and had a month of good behavior left to complete. Two Windham officers joined the pursuit. Hebert sped up to nearly 90 mph and rammed one of the officer's cars. After being boxed in, Hebert drove toward the officers, prompting them to open fire and dive out of the way. Hebert sustained minor injuries: small puncture wounds to one leg and his lower back, swelling around one eye and a bullet fragment under his scalp. He was later sentenced to four to eight years in prison.

Fatal: No

Officer shooters: 3

Victim’s age: 21

Victim’s gender: Male

Victim armed: Yes (car)

Previous police contact: Yes

Shots fired (location): 25 (victim grazed)

Ruling (reason): Justified (imminent threat)

Taser deployed: No

Mental illness suspected: No

Drug or Alcohol likely involved: Yes

 

 

 

 

Steven Amazeen

Date: December 3, 2012

Location: Lee

Description: Steven Amazeen engaged in a standoff with officers from several police departments getting into an argument with his wife and firing his gun into a floorboard and toward a barn. After police arrived, Amazeen began threatening them and acting suicidal. He told the officers to shoot him. and started walking toward an officer in his cruiser, gun pointed. Amazeen refused to stop. Police opened fire.

Fatal: No

Officer shooters: 2

Victim’s age: 45

Victim’s gender: Male

Victim armed: Yes

Previous police contact: Not given

Shots fired (location): 9 (leg, shoulders)

Ruling (reason): Justified (imminent threat)

Taser deployed: No

Mental illness suspected: Yes

Drug or Alcohol likely involved: No

 

 

 

 

Larry Bohannon

Date: March 29, 2013

Location: Walpole

Description: Larry Bohannon was fleeing after allegedly committing an armed robbery in Vermont. The shooting officer came upon his truck and, as he approached, saw Bohannon pull a handgun from the cab of his truck. Bohannon then drove off. Another officer used his cruiser to ram into the truck, flipping it and sending it into the driver's side of the shooting officer's cruiser. He then saw Bohannon scrambing to get the handgun. Bohannon refused to lower his hands. One of the officers, Alstead officer Cameron Prior, then shot him, but Bohannon neither stopped nor dropped his weapon. Prior fired three more shots, this time aiming for suspect's head and midsection. Officials later said Bohannon was wanted for allegedly violating his parole for a 1994 kidnapping conviction.

Fatal: Yes

Officer shooters: 1

Victim’s age: 51

Victim’s gender: Male

Victim armed: Yes

Previous police contact: Yes

Shots fired (location): 5 (chest, abdomen, head)

Ruling (reason): Justified (imminent threat)

Taser deployed: No

Mental illness suspected: No

Drug or Alcohol likely involved: No

 

 

 

 

Geoffrey Bidwell

Date: Mont Vernon

Location: January 6, 2013

Description: Geoffrey Bidwell's father called police to say Bidwell had attemped suicide. When Sgt. Aaron Daigneault arrived, Bidwell was holding a swiss army knife. Daigneault told him to drop it (Bidwell's father told investigators that Daigneault had said to drop the "fucking" knife, and that the direction made Bidwell angrier than he already was). Bidwell refused and kept telling Daigneault to shoot him. Daigneault then discharged a Taser, but it failed to connect. Bidwell picked up a heavy piece of firewood and stepped toward Daigneault. Daigneault perceived it as a threat and opened fire.

Fatal: No

Officer shooters: 1

Victim’s age: 42

Victim’s gender: Male

Victim armed: Yes

Previous police contact: Yes

Shots fired (location): 2 (Not given)

Ruling (reason): Justified (imminent threat)

Taser deployed: Yes

Mental illness suspected: Yes

Drug or Alcohol likely involved: Yes

 

 

 

 

Christopher Varagianis

Date: June 3, 2013

Location: Manchester

Description: Two officers on bikes were called to a corner store for report of an unconcscious man, When they arrived, the man, Christopher Varagianis, fled in his Jeep. The officers followed and tried to get Varagianis to stop, but he refused. Other officers joined the chase and two police vehicles finally cornered Varagianis in a parking lot. One cruiser blocked the exit to the parking lot while another drove toward Varagianis, who rammed his car into the front of one of the cruisers. Varagianis still refused to get out of the car. Officers on foot shot at the Jeep's tires, deflating one. Varagianis drove around the cruiser, at which time an officer fired three shots at the car, aiming low because there was an apartment building behind the Jeep.

Fatal: No

Officer shooters: 3

Victim’s age: 37

Victim’s gender: Male

Victim armed: No

Previous police contact: Yes

Shots fired (location): 9 (leg)

Ruling (reason): Justified (imminent threat)

Taser deployed: Yes (after the shots)

Mental illness suspected: No

Drug or Alcohol likely involved: Yes

 

 

 

 

Frank Thompson

Date: September 30, 2013

Location: Dover

Description: Frank Thompson died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound after a shootout and standoff with police that began after he attacked his neighbor with a hammer when she knocked on his door and asked to borrow some sugar. Officers were called to the complex after the attack and Thompson responded by opening fire on them. They shot back, at which point Thompson retreated back into his apartment. A tactical team was called in. Thompson's body was found inside several hours later. He appeared to have shot himself in the chest. Relatives later turned over an email from Thompson in the days before the attack in which he accused the neighbor of stealing rent money from him and said he was "thinking of executing" her.

Fatal: Yes (self-inflicted)

Officer shooters: 3

Victim’s age: 50

Victim’s gender: Male

Victim armed: Yes

Previous police contact: Yes 

Shots fired (location): Several (chest, abdomen)

Ruling (reason): Justified (imminent threat)

Taser deployed: No

Mental illness suspected: No

Drug or Alcohol likely involved: Yes

 

 

 

 

Wendy Lawrence

Date: September 30, 2013

Location: Manchester

Description: Wendy Lawrence was shot dead after leading state troopers on a chase down Interstate 93 and through a residential Manchester neighborhood. Trooper Chad Lavoie fired several shots at Lawrence's car after boxing it in at an intersection. Lavoie and fellow troopers said Lawrence had rammed his cruiser and was preparing to do so once more, this time with him out of the vehicle and in the path of travel. In a subsequent lawsuit, Lawrence's family said she posed no immediate threat and that Lavoie acted carelessly by stepping in front of Lawrence’s car before firing his weapon.

Fatal: Yes

Officer shooters: 1

Victim’s age: 45

Victim’s gender: Female

Victim armed: Yes (car)

Previous police contact: Yes

Shots fired (location): 11 (neck, chest, hand)

Ruling (reason): Justified (imminent threat)

Taser deployed: No 

Mental illness suspected: No

Drug or Alcohol likely involved: Yes

 

 

 

 

Alex Cora DeJesus

Date: August 14, 2013

Location: Weare

Description: Alex Cora DeJesus, a suspected drug dealer, was lured into a sting outside a Dunkin Donuts. He arrived with his girlfriend, and tried to flee as soon as Weare police officers descended on his car. Two opened fire as he sped off, hitting DeJesus once in the head. After an eight-month investigation, the attorney general’s office said it couldn’t determine whether the fatal shooting officer, Nicholas Nadeau, had been justified. The office was highly critical of the department, noting that the officers involved had no real plan going in, that Nadeau was running on little sleep, and that their leader, Joe Kelley, should have called for backup from other agencies. Nadeau told investigators he feared for the second shooting officer’s safety, but also said he didn't know exactly where that officer, Ken Cox, was at the time he fired.

Fatal: Yes

Officer shooters: 2

Victim’s age: 35

Victim’s gender: Male

Victim armed: Yes (car)

Previous police contact: Yes

Shots fired (location): 3 (head)

Ruling (reason): Undetermined

Taser deployed: No

Mental illness suspected: No

Drug or Alcohol likely involved: Yes

 

 

 

 

Craig Riley

Date: March 22, 2014

Location: Nashua

Description: Police responded to reports of shoplifting. After arresting one person, a Nashua officer went looking for another one, Craig Riley, at an apartment where Riley's mother lived. He spotted Riley there and told him to stop. Riley ran off. The officer, Stephen Morrill, followed and two physical skirmishes ensued, during which Linehan tried to deploy pepper spray. Riley eventually grabbed Morrill's baton, got up to run off, turned back and lifted the baton in a threatening manner. Morrill fired two shots in response.

Fatal: No

Officer shooters: 1

Victim’s age: 41

Victim’s gender: Male

Victim armed: No

Previous police contact: Yes

Shots fired (location): 2 (shoulder, back)

Ruling (reason): Justified (imminent threat)

Taser deployed: No

Mental illness suspected: No

Drug or Alcohol likely involved: Not given

 

 

 

 

Benjamin Shannon

Date: March 10, 2014

Location: Rochester

Description: Benjamin Shannon was wanted for violating the conditions of his bail. Three probation/parole officers and a Strafford County sheriff's deputy arrived at his mother's house to take him into custody and also check on a brother, who was on parole himself. They found Shannon in a back room with his hands concealed. Shannon told them he had a gun and they would shoot him. Shannon then reached into his pocket and pulled out a small black item that was hard to see in the dark room. Fearing it was a firearm, one of the probation officers, Jason Wirth, shot four times. Another officer, Benjamin Densmore, fired one shot through a separate closed bedroom door. The encounter unfolded in a matter of seconds. Shannon's family later sued, arguing that the officers should have retreated after hearing Shannon's initial threats, called for assistance and surrounded the house.

Fatal: Yes

Officer shooters: 2

Victim’s age: 34

Victim’s gender: Male

Victim armed: No

Previous police contact: Yes

Shots fired (location): 5 (back, upper arm)

Ruling (reason): Justified (imminent threat)

Taser deployed: No

Mental illness suspected: No

Drug or Alcohol likely involved: Yes

 

 

 

 

Lillian Alonzo

Date: August 27, 2014

Location: Manchester

Description: Federal and local drug officials entered an apartment to execute a search warrant. During the process, one of the agents, Michael Connolly, got his foot stuck in a door and lost his balance. He told investigators that he heard a gunshot and must have accidentally pulled the trigger on his firearm as he fell toward the ground. Connolly immediately yelled "AD" to the other officers, notifying them that it had been an accidental discharge. The victim, Lillian Alonzo, was hit but later recovered.

Fatal: No

Officer shooters: 1

Victim’s age: 49

Victim’s gender: Female

Victim armed: No

Previous police contact: Not given

Shots fired (location): 1

Ruling (reason): Undetermined (Prosecutors said there was no evidence the gunfire had been intentional or the result of reckless behavior, or that Connolly had meant to harm Alonzo.)

Taser deployed: No

Mental illness suspected: No

Drug or Alcohol likely involved: No

 

 

 

 

Aaron Cadman

Date: November 26, 2014

Location: Henniker

Description: Aaron Cadman left a drug treatment program, stole a truck and led Henniker police officer Stephen Dennis on car chase through heavy snow. It ended after Cadman collided with truck, spun out of control and slammed into another car. Dennis reached the scene and fired once after he and others said Cadman refused to follow his instructions, and when it appeared that Cadman might have a gun, in his pocket. It turned out to be a butter knife.

Fatal: No

Officer shooters: 1

Victim’s age: 19

Victim’s gender: Male

Victim armed: No

Previous police contact: Not given

Shots fired (location): 1 (arm)

Ruling (reason): Justified (imminent threat)

Taser deployed: No

Mental illness suspected: No

Drug or Alcohol likely involved: No (Cadman was struggling with addiction and had just entered an inpatient treatment facility)

 

 

 

 

Andrew Toto

Date: January 1, 2015

Location: Derry

Description: Police called for report of a man with paranoid schizophrenia, Andrew Toto, being armed and suicidal and threatening "suicide by cop." The shooting officer, Kevin Ruppel, located Toto and began pursuing in his cruiser. Toto eventually stopped and, using his truck for cover, began firing a shotgun at the officer. The officer returned fire from about 250 feet away. A dashcam video showed that Toto may have had his arms up seconds before he was hit, but the attorney general's office said he still posed a threat to the officer, as well as nearby residents and drivers. Toto's wife, who made the initial call to police, told investigators he had been drinking heavily for days before she called 911.

Fatal: Yes

Officer shooters: 1

Victim’s age: 54

Victim’s gender: Male

Victim armed: Yes

Previous police contact: Not given

Shots fired (location): 9 (chest)

Ruling (reason): Justified (imminent threat)

Taser deployed: No

Mental illness suspected: Yes

Drug or Alcohol likely involved: Yes

 

 

 

 

Hagen Esty-Lennon

Date: July 6, 2015

Location: Bath

Description: Officers called to the scene after reports of a crash and the driver, Hagen Esty-Lennon, wandering the road with what appeared to be a wound to his chest. The two responding officers. Ryan Jarvis and Greg Collins, confronted Esty-Lennon along the shoulder and told him to show his hands. He refused, pulling out a knife and staring at them with a dazed gaze. The officers unholstered their guns and one pulled out a Taser. The victim began jogging away. They pursued. He pivoted and doubled back, starting to run toward them with the knife in his hand. They both started firing, just as the victim began falling to the ground. It's unclear if he begins falling before the first shot is fired or after.

Fatal: Yes

Officer shooters: 2

Victim’s age: 41

Victim’s gender: Male

Victim armed: Yes

Previous police contact: Yes

Shots fired (location): 10 (upper body, front and back)

Ruling (reason): Justified (imminent threat)

Taser deployed: No 

Mental illness suspected: Yes

Drug or Alcohol likely involved: Yes (Esty-Lennon had a slightly higher presence of amphetamines than a theurapeutic dosage would have warranted)

 

 

 

 

 

Harrison Lambert

Date: September 3, 2015

Location: 

Description: Three officers responded to a home after a man reported that his son, Harrison Lambert, suffered from mental illness and was armed with a knife and threatening to kill him. Each officer had past interactions with Lambert and were on "high alert," according to the attorney general's office. After seeing the knife, they drew their guns and told Lambert to drop it, which he refused to do and instead starting rushing toward them with it pointed at them. When Lambert was 12-15 feet away, two of the officers opened fire. The third officer later said he did not fire because of the proximity to surrounding homes; he feared he might hit traffic or other officers. The whole incident took about 30 seconds.

Fatal: Yes

Officer shooters: 2

Victim’s age: 23

Victim’s gender: Male

Victim armed: Yes

Previous police contact: Yes

Shots fired (location): 8 (shoulder, neck, leg)

Ruling (reason): Justified (imminent threat)

Taser deployed: No 

Mental illness suspected: Yes

Drug or Alcohol likely involved: No



Officers fatally attacked on duty:

 

 

Michael Briggs

Date: October 17, 2006

Agency: Manchester Police Department

Description: Officer Michael Briggs was 15 minutes from the end of his patrol shift when he and a partner confronted Michael Addison in a dark alley. Addison, who was suspected of several armed robberies and violent crimes, fled and shot Briggs as he pursued him on foot. Briggs died the next day at Elliot Hospital. Addison was found guilty of first degree murder and remains on death row.  

Age: 35

Cause: gunshot

Mental illness suspected factor: No

Drugs or alcohol suspected factor: No

Attacker criminal history: Yes

 

 

 

Bruce McKay

Date: May 11, 2007

Agency: Franconia Police Department

Description: Cpl. Bruce McKay stopped a car driven by 24-year-old Liko Kenney for speeding on Route 116 in Franconia. The two had a long, contentious history, and Kenney asked to deal with a different officer. He then drove away. About a mile down the road, McKay forced Kenney's vehicle off the road, pepper-sprayed him and started to walk away. Kenney shot McKay four times and drove over him. A passing motorist picked up McKay's gun and shot Kenney to death after he refused to drop his weapon.

Age: 48

Cause: gunshot

Mental illness suspected factor: No

Drugs or alcohol suspected factor: No

Attacker criminal history: Yes

 

 

 

Michael Maloney

Date: April 12, 2012

Agency: Greenland Police Department

Description: Chief Michael Maloney was executing a drug-raid with a team of officers at the home of Cullen Mutrie, who was suspected of selling prescription painkillers. When officers entered the home, Mutrie opened fire. Mutrie wounded four officers and Maloney helped them to to safety. He was fatally shot in the head. Mutrie killed his female companion, Brittany Tibbetts, and then killed himself.    

Age: 48

Cause: gunshot

Mental illness suspected factor: No

Drugs or alcohol suspected factor: Yes

Criminal history: Yes

 

 

 

Stephen Arkell

Date: May 12, 2014

Agency: Brentwood Police Department

Description: Officer Stephen Arkell was responding to reports of  a domestic disturbance at a home on Mill Pond Road with another officer. The homeowner’s grown son opened fire on the officers, killing Arkell. The son, 47-year-old Michael Nolan, was believed to have committed suicide after the shooting, and after setting multiple fires inside the house, which set off a massive explosion when propane filled the basement.

Age: 48

Cause: gunshot

Mental illness suspected in attacker: Yes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




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