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Wed October 2, 2013
Details Emerge About Officer-Involved Shooting In Manchester
In a press release from the N.H. Attorney General's office, new details surrounding the fatal police shooting of a Canterbury woman have been released. It describes the car chase that led to the shooting but not the specific circumstances that caused the state trooper to fire his weapon.
Here is an excerpt from the release:
At approximately 6:30 pm on Monday, September 30th, 2013, a New Hampshire State Police trooper stopped a Chevrolet Monte Carlo that was being driven erratically on I-89 southbound. The driver was Wendy M. Lawrence (age 45), of Canterbury, New Hampshire. Lawrence produced a non-driver’s ID and said she had a valid license. The trooper took Lawrence’s ID and went back to his cruiser to check on her license. He ran her record and confirmed that Lawrence was a Habitual Offender and that her license was under suspension. As the trooper was receiving those results, Lawrence suddenly drove off in her car speeding southbound toward Concord.
The trooper briefly pursued Lawrence and then broke off his pursuit. The trooper later came upon Lawrence’s car at the end of I-89 where he saw that the car was sideways in the road. As Lawrence drove away, she almost hit a person who was on the highway. Lawrence proceeded onto the I-93 southbound ramp and drove off at a high rate of speed down I-93.
Several State Police troopers assisted in trying to apprehend Lawrence and were behind her as she turned off I-93 into Manchester. Troopers in marked police cruisers followed Lawrence to the intersection of Dave Street and Kennard Road in Manchester, where the police attempted to stop Lawrence. It was at that location where a trooper discharged his firearm and fatally wounded Lawrence.
The State's Chief Medical examiner concluded Lawrence was shot four times. According to the release, the shooting is still under investigation.