AG: 3 Police Fired Bullets, 1 Fired Less Than Lethal Projectile at Unidentified Man Later Found Dead in Nashua

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Concord, NH – Attorney General John M. Formella announces additional information concerning the officer-involved shooting in Nashua, New Hampshire on January 21, 2024.

Chief Medical Examiner Jennie V. Duvall has conducted an autopsy on Heath Thompson, age 40.  Dr. Duvall determined that Mr. Thompson’s cause of death was a gunshot wound to the chest, and the manner of death was homicide.  As used by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, homicide is defined as the killing of one person by another.

The investigation into the officer-involved shooting of Mr. Heath is ongoing, and the identity of the officers who used deadly force will not be disclosed until formal interviews of all occur in the coming days.  Further information will be provided at that time.

Earlier news release:

 Attorney General John M. Formella and State Police Colonel Mark B. Hall announce an update to the officer-involved shooting investigation in Nashua, New Hampshire.

At about 11:47 p.m. on Jan. 20, a 911 call was placed reporting in substance that there was a domestic disturbance at the residence of 49 Marie Avenue in Nashua, and that an adult male had a firearm. 

Officers with the Nashua Police Department responded to the residence, and outside the home encountered the subject of the 911 call, armed with a handgun.  At one point during that armed confrontation, one police officer discharged a less-than-lethal projectile, and three other police officers fired bullets at the adult male.

The adult male went into the residence, where he was later found by the police to be nonresponsive and suffering from an apparent gunshot wound.  That adult male died at the scene.

No other private citizens, and no law enforcement officers, were physically injured during the incident under investigation, and there is no threat to the public.  The investigation by the New Hampshire Department of Justice and the New Hampshire State Police Major Crimes Unit into the officer-involved shooting is ongoing. 

The identity of the deceased adult male, as well as the cause and matter of his death, will be disclosed upon conclusion of his autopsy, which is scheduled for January 22, and notification of those results to his next of kin.  Pursuant to protocol, the identity of the four police officers who fired at the adult male will not be disclosed until formal interviews have occurred.

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