AG: Police Shooting in Canaan a Justified Use of Deadly Force

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There will be no charges against a New Hampshire state trooper who shot and killed a 26-year-old man in Canaan in December. Attorney General Gordon MacDonald announced Wednesday that Trooper Christopher O’Toole’s use of deadly force was legally justified. ( The AG's full report is embedded at the end of this story. ) That’s because, according to O’Toole, Jesse J. Champney repeatedly said he had a gun and threatened to shoot. O’Toole was pursuing Champney on foot across a dark, snowy field after a car chase on Dec. 23. Investigators relied on recordings of O'Toole's communications with dispatchers, in which he reported Champney saying he was armed. That confirmed the interviews he and another officer, Samuel Provenza with the Canaan police, gave after...

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AG: Police Shooting in Canaan a Justified Use of Deadly Force

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