For Immediate Release
June 10, 2013
Jeffery A. Strelzin, Senior Assistant Attorney General
Chief, Homicide Unit
New Hampshire Attorney General Joseph A. Foster and Manchester Police Chief David J. Mara announce that additional information is available regarding a homicide that took place in Manchester, New Hampshire on Sunday, June 9, 2013.
The incident that led to the homicide was reported at approximately 2:43 a.m. via a 911 call placed by the adult male resident of an apartment on Lake Avenue in Manchester. That resident reported that he had armed himself with a handgun after he heard some unknown people outside his apartment on the porch. Shortly afterwards, the resident's apartment door was kicked open and two unknown men rushed inside and charged at him. The male apartment resident fired his gun several times at the men during the break-in, killing one of the intruders. That deceased man has been identified as Michael Larocque, Jr., (age 24). The other intruder escaped and has not been apprehended yet. The Manchester Police are working to positively identify that man and question him.
An adult female and her 3 year old child were also staying in the apartment and were present during the incident. Neither one was physically hurt. The adult male resident of the apartment suffered very minor physical injuries during the incident. He has not been arrested or charged with any crime.
Dr. Thomas A. Andrew, the State's Chief Medical Examiner, completed an autopsy on Mr. Larocque today. Dr. Andrew determined that Larocque's cause of death was a gunshot wound to the arm and a gunshot wound to the abdomen. The manner of death is homicide.
The Manchester Police Department is still actively investigating the incident. Based on the information obtained to date, this does not appear to have been a random event. If anyone has any information about this incident they are asked to call the Manchester Police Department at (603) 668-8711 and ask for "Detectives," or call Manchester Crimeline at (603) 624-4040.
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