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The state medical examiner says a man who was involved in a shooting with a Belmont police officer died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Attorney General Gordon MacDonald says Joseph Mazzitelli, 46, from Belmont was shot on Saturday after pulling out a firearm during a confrontation with a police officer over a warrant outside a gas station.

Three Keene police officers are on paid administrative leave after two of them shot and wounded a man Monday afternoon. 

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When police in New Hampshire use deadly force, it’s most likely on someone who is armed, intoxicated and often severely mentally ill. That’s according to an NHPR review of police shootings in the state over nearly two decades.

So how do police make a decision to shoot or not shoot when they know the person they’re pointing a gun at is suicidal, psychotic or intoxicated?

 

  The family of a New Hampshire man killed by police is suing the officers who shot him.

WMUR-TV reports that the family of 42-year-old Hagen Etsy-Lennon is suing the two Haverhill police officers who fatally shot him in 2015. Attorneys representing the family claim the officers acted recklessly and that Etsy-Lennon did not pose an eminent threat.

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A team of reporters tracking police shootings discovered an alarming trend - people brandishing phony weapons getting shot in confrontations with cops.  Today, we'll learn about real fatalities with fake guns and why the pro-gun lobby is protecting the right to bear imitation arms.

Also today, a New Hampshire high school confronts stereotypes and the national spike in hate crimes by asking refugee students to talk about their lives and cultures. 

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A New Hampshire police officer who was involved in the fatal shooting of a Claremont man has been cleared for duty.

Claremont Police Chief Alex Scott said Monday that Cpl. Ian Kibbe has been returned to line-duty status, effective that day. An administrative review of the incident has been completed.

The state attorney general's office recently ruled that Kibbe was justified when he fatally shot 25-year-old Cody LaFont on Sept. 25.

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The New Hampshire attorney general's office has ruled that the police shooting death of a Claremont man last month was justified.

The report released Wednesday says 25-year-old Cody LaFont had called police several times on Sept. 25 and appeared to be "heavily intoxicated."

 

Claremont Cpl. Ian Kibbe responded to the home. The report says LaFont was holding a revolver at chest level and didn't comply with orders to drop the gun. It says LaFont "strangely smiled" at Kibbe and stepped toward him while moving the gun that he held in Kibbe's direction.

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While they say there’s much more work to do, advocates and law enforcement officials alike say have some reason to be optimistic about the future of police-community relations in New Hampshire.

“The community as a whole is discussing things a lot more,” Portsmouth Police Chief David Mara said on Tuesday’s episode of The Exchange, which focused on the relationship between law enforcement and minorities. “People are talking a lot more.”

The state Attorney General's office says a police officer was justified in the fatal shooting of a 19 year old man in Peterborough last month. Details on the incident have been scarce up to this point, but NHPR's Brady Carlson has been reading through the AG's report and he joined NHPR’s Peter Biello with more.

A Week of Turmoil and Violence: N.H. Perspective

Jul 11, 2016
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New Hampshire reacts to the Dallas police shootings and what motivated them.  We'll get a Granite State view on the national debate over race, policing and guns.  We'll talk with those most involved -- from New Hampshire law enforcement....to minority community activists.....and get their ideas for a way out of this cycle of violence and turmoil.  


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Portsmouth residents gathered for a vigil last night to protest the violence of the past week.

Heavy rain almost forced the organizers to call off the event Saturday night, but over 100 people decided to come out anyways.

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Today, as we follow the developments out of Dallas and the killing of five police officers, and the killing of two black men earlier this week in Louisiana and Minnesota, we’re left with many questions and lots of emotions. We’ve heard a lot from people in Dallas, as well as politicians in D.C.; now, a local perspective. Reena Goldthree is a professor of African and African-American studies at Dartmouth College.  In the past she organized Black Lives Matter protests, and she now teaches a course on the Black Lives Matter movement.  She joined NHPR’s Peter Biello to discuss these issues.

A Look at Recent Police Shootings in New Hampshire

Jul 8, 2016
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In a week where violence by and against police has dominated the news, from Louisiana to Minnesota to Texas, we thought we’d take a look at recent police shootings in New Hampshire.

Since the beginning of 2015, four people have died at the hands of police officers in the state, and two police officers have been been shot, both surviving those incidents.

 

The mother of a 19-year-old Michigan man shot by police in New Hampshire says she was told by the state Attorney General's office that he was brandishing a BB gun and running away when he was shot.

Lane Lesko, of Ann Arbor, Michigan, died of a single gunshot wound on Tuesday on Route 136 in Peterborough. The Attorney General's office has not said which department nor released the names of the officer involved in the case.

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With more attention to problems in police-community relations around the country, one change that nearly everyone agrees on in the Granite State is the need for more body cameras. We'll discuss a bill that proposes rules for New Hampshire law enforcement that may opt to use the technology, addressing questions of privacy, effectiveness, storage, protocol, and cost.

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The New Hampshire Attorney General's Office is delaying public release of the police body camera video of the fatal shooting of man in Bath, due to legal action by the man's family.

The attorney for the man's ex-wife and children filed a petition in Merrimack County Superior Court on Wednesday to halt the public release of the video of the shooting of 42-year-old Hagan Esty-Lennon of Canterbury.

Body cameras recorded the scene as two Haverhill police officers shot and killed a Canterbury man Monday in Bath,  according to a statement from the attorney general’s office.

The man, identified as Hagen Esty-Lennon, 42, was hit six times in the head and torso, according to Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Thomas Andrew.

The statement said Esty-Lennon crashed his vehicle about 4 p.m. on an abandoned bridge at the intersection of U.S. Route 302 and Route 112.

Medical personnel arrived and told police the driver had a knife.

A police officer from Haverhill fatally shot a man Monday afternoon in Bath, according to the attorney general’s office.

Neither the circumstances nor the identity of the 42-year-old man was released pending an autopsy. However, the attorney general said two officers from Haverhill were at the scene and more details would be available later today.