For Immediate Release
October 2, 2013
Janice K. Rundles, Senior Assistant Attorney General
New Hampshire Attorney General Joseph Foster, New Hampshire State Police Colonel Robert Quinn, and Dover Police Chief Anthony Colarusso announce that New Hampshire's Chief Medical Examiner Thomas Andrew has completed an autopsy on the body of Frank Thompson, age 50, who resided at 1 Northway Circle, Apartment #6, in Dover. Dr. Andrew concluded that Mr. Thompson died of a gunshot wound to the left chest, and that the manner of his death was suicide. Mr. Thompson had also sustained a gunshot wound to the abdomen, which did not penetrate any vital organs.
The incident that led to Mr. Thompson's suicide began on September 30, 2013. At approximately 7:30 p.m. that night, Dover police officers were dispatched to the Fairfield Gardens apartment complex on Northway Circle for a report that a white male, a resident of the building, had assaulted a 32 year old female, a resident of the same apartment building, with a hammer. The report also included the information that the suspect was armed with a handgun.
Dover officers responded to the address, and were able to remove the female victim from the building and have her transported to the hospital for treatment. They then began efforts to evacuate the remaining residents on the same floor as the suspect, and to contact the suspect. By the time the Dover officers were attempting to contact the suspect, a State Trooper had joined them. The suspect responded to their efforts to get him to come out of his apartment unarmed by opening his apartment door and firing his handgun at the officers. The officers returned the suspect's fire with their own weapons, and the suspect retreated into his apartment. Several hours later, the suspect's body was found inside his apartment, and it was confirmed that he was Frank Thompson, who resided alone in apartment #6.
The investigation into Mr. Thompson's assault on the female victim and the circumstances of his exchange of gunfire with police and ultimate suicide is ongoing, and is being conducted jointly by the New Hampshire State Police Major Crime Unit, the Dover Police Department, and the Attorney General's Office. The Attorney General will release a report regarding this incident when the investigation is completed.
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