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Man killed outside Boston’s new Space Force station in shooting involving military contractor

A man was fatally shot Friday night just outside a remote Space Force station in New Hampshire, in an incident involving a police officer and a security contractor.

Around 11:30 p.m. local time, Michael Foley, 33, of Massachusetts, was shot dead on Galaxy Way — an access road that leads to the Space Force station, according to a news release from the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office. .

A police officer and a “contract security guard” were involved in Foley’s death, a spokesperson for the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office said.

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Foley was killed at the scene by a “single gunshot wound” and “the way to die is homicide,” New Hampshire Deputy Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Mitchell Weinberg said in a statement. It is not known which person fired the fatal bullet.

Stephen Brady, a spokesman for Peterson-Schriever Garrison, which oversees Space Force Station New Boston, told the shooting “involved a civilian unaffiliated with the installation.”

The new Boston Space Force station will conduct a “use of force review board to review the shooting” and investigate what happened with the contractor, Brady added.

“Base security was never compromised, Space Force’s vital satellite command and control mission continued uninterrupted, and there are no known threats to the community,” Brady said. in an emailed statement.

Neither the police officer nor the security contractor were injured, the New Hampshire attorney general’s office said in a news release Monday.

Space Force Station New Boston has a long history within the Department of the Air Force.

During World War II, the US Army Air Corps – the precursor to the Air Force – used land in New Boston near Manchester-Boston Regional Airport as a bombing area for aircraft.

After World War II the range was deactivated and in the 1960s it became a satellite tracking station. In the late 1980s he was transferred to Air Force Space Command.

Shortly after the US Space Force became a service, the New Boston satellite operation was transferred to its command in 2021.

New Boston is home to the 23rd Space Operations Squadron, which provides satellite capabilities to “more than 190 Department of Defense, national, and civilian satellites performing intelligence, weather, navigation, early warning, and communications operations. “, according to the Space Force.

The incident outside New Boston Space Force Station happened during a weekend filled with public shootings at the Taiwanese Presbyterian Church in Laguna Woods, California; a flea market in Houston; Millennium Park in Chicago; outside Milwaukee Bucks stadium in Wisconsin; and a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, killing 14 and injuring dozens nationwide.

— Thomas Novelly can be contacted at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @TomNovelly.

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