For Immediate Release
May 7, 2011
Jeffery A. Strelzin, Senior Assistant Attorney General
New Hampshire Attorney General Michael A. Delaney, New Hampshire State Police Colonel Robert Quinn and Manchester Police Chief David J. Mara announce that additional information is available regarding the standoff that ended in Manchester this morning.
The incident began on May 5, 2011, when Manchester Police Officers went to the first floor apartment at 298 Main Street in Manchester. The purpose was to check on the welfare of a 7 year old girl who was there and who was the daughter of the apartment's resident, James D. Breton (age 50). After Manchester Police Officers arrived, Breton appeared and shortly afterwards displayed a handgun and acted aggressively towards the officers. The officers left the apartment in order to try and diffuse the situation.
Eventually, members of the Manchester Police Department's SWAT Team were deployed and secured the area around the Breton apartment. They were later joined by members of the New Hampshire State Police SWAT Team.
Numerous attempts were made to coax Mr. Breton out of his apartment, but all failed. During the standoff, Mr. Breton erected physical barricades at the doors into the apartment and made threatening statements as well.
Early in the morning on Saturday, May 7, 2011, officers made an attempt to look into the apartment to check on the welfare of Mr. Breton and his daughter. Initial reports indicate that Mr. Breton reacted angrily to the officers who were near him outside the apartment. At the time he did that, he apparently was armed with a handgun. A State Police SWAT Team Officer then fired his rifle, striking and killing Mr. Breton in the process.
A SWAT Team member immediately removed the 7 year old from the apartment. She was taken to a local hospital and examined where it was confirmed that she was not injured. No police officers were injured during the incident either.
An initial search of the scene has turned up a handgun inside the apartment where Mr. Breton was located when he was shot, as well as numerous items he used to barricade the doors to the apartment.
Pursuant to established protocol, the New Hampshire Attorney General's Office and the New Hampshire State Police will be conducting an investigation into the incident and the use of deadly force which resulted in Mr. Breton's death. In the coming days and weeks, members of the State Police Major Crime Unit will be speaking to numerous witnesses as well as searching the area inside and outside the Breton apartment for evidence. An autopsy will also be conducted on Mr. Breton on Monday by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner to determine the exact cause and manner of death.
No further news releases are expected this weekend.
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