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News Release

For Immediate Release
February 3, 2010

Senior Assistant Attorney General Janice K. Rundles
James Vara, Attorney Attorney General's Office
(603) 271-3671
Keene Police Department
(603) 357-9815

Officer-involved shooting incident in Keene, New Hampshire

New Hampshire Attorney General Michael A. Delaney and New Hampshire State Police Colonel Frederick H. Booth announce that an investigation is ongoing into an officer-involved shooting incident in Keene, New Hampshire.

On Tuesday, February 2, 2010, at approximately 9:42 p.m., Keene and New Hampshire State Police officers responded to a 911 call from a residence at 48 Spruce Street in Keene. The 911 caller, who was a resident of the home, reported that their mother's ex-boyfriend was in the home and was threatening their mother.

When officers arrived at the scene, they encountered an adult male inside, armed with a knife. A standoff ensued during which time the adult male behaved in a threatening fashion, eventually holding a knife to his former girlfriend who he was holding hostage. After a period of time, one of the Keene officers shot the adult male, severely wounding him. The adult male was taken from the scene and treated but died shortly afterwards. The deceased perpetrator's former girlfriend was not physically injured and no other residents or police officers were physically injured during the incident.

An autopsy is expected today on the deceased male perpetrator. His identity is being withheld pending notification of his next of kin.

The investigation is still in its early stages and as such, further details such as the names of the home's residents and the officers involved will be released in the future pending further investigation.

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