N.H. Officials OK Officer's Use Of Deadly Force

Apr 17, 2013

New Hampshire's attorney general says police use of deadly force against a convicted felon fleeing an armed robbery was justified.

Officials say 51-year-old Larry Bohannon was fleeing a Bellows Falls, Vt., business he had just robbed March 29 when officers from two New Hampshire towns pursued his truck.

Bohannon led police on a high-speed chase.

Police finally trapped his truck in a residential neighborhood in Walpole. Police say Bohannon aimed a handgun toward two officers who had approached his truck.

Alstead Officer Cameron Prior fired five times, striking Bohannon in the head and torso.

Investigators determined the shooting was justified, given his behavior and adamancy about not surrendering. Bohannon was wanted for parole violations.

The report released Wednesday said police could not have known the handgun was a pellet gun.