Colebrook Residents Mark 20th Anniversary Of Spree Killings

Aug 14, 2017

A memorial to the victims stands outside the News and Sentinel in Colebrook
Credit Lorna Colquhoun

Twenty years ago, an angry loner with a gun murdered four people — two of them state troopers — in the New Hampshire town of Colebrook, and wounded four other officers before he was killed in a shootout with police in Vermont.

Today, some residents still hesitate to mention Carl Drega, but they strive to remember the four lost on Aug. 19, 1997.

They're planning a 55-mile relay run on Friday, Aug. 18, from the supermarket where troopers Les Lord and Scott Phillips were shot to their Twin Mountain barracks. It'll last through the night and culminate with a flag-raising ceremony.

Also remembered are Vickie Bunnell, an attorney and part-time judge killed outside her office at the Colebrook News & Sentinel, and editor Dennis Joos, who tried to wrestle away Drega's assault rifle.