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News Release

For Immediate Release
October 22, 2009

Senior Assistant Attorney General Jeffery A. Strelzin
(603) 271-3671
Manchester Police Department
(603) 668-8711

Apparent Murder/Suicide in Manchester, New Hampshire

New Hampshire Attorney General Michael A. Delaney and Manchester Police Chief David J. Mara announce that an investigation is ongoing into an apparent murder/suicide in Manchester, New Hampshire.

On Thursday, October 22, 2009, at approximately 2:03 p.m., Manchester police officers responded to a report of shots being fired at 223 Jewett Street in Manchester. When the police arrived in the area they had contact with John Cantin (age 57). Cantin was located in the street and was suffering from a gunshot wound. He was taken to the hospital where he is undergoing treatment for non-life threatening gunshot wounds.

A deceased female was also discovered at the scene and she was identified as Melissa Charbonneau (age 29). Charbonneau is John Cantin's daughter.

Based on information received from John Cantin and other sources, the police learned that Melissa Charbonneau and John Cantin had been shot by Melissa's husband, Jonathan Charbonneau (age 32).

After an extensive search of the area, John Charbonneau was located inside the 223 Jewett Street residence, the victim of a apparent suicide. Autopsies will be performed on Melissa and Jonathan Charbonneau by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner to determine their exact causes of death.

At the time of this incident, Jonathan Charbonneau was out on bail in connection with a domestic abuse complaint filed by Melissa Charbonneau on October 20, 2009. As a result of that complaint, Jonathan Charbonneau was charged with simple assault and released on bail.

The investigation is still ongoing.

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