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New details emerge in shooting involving officer at Space Force base that left man dead

A police officer and military-contracted security guard involved in a shooting that killed a Massachusetts man outside Space Force Station New Boston have been identified as an investigation continues .

Michael Foley, 33, was fatally shot on Galaxy Way, an access road that leads to the remote Space Force station in New Hampshire, during the May 13 incident. A police officer and a “contract security guard” were involved in the incident, a spokesperson for the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office said.

The attorney general identified the two men as New Boston police officer Shane Morton, who served in law enforcement for five years, and military contractor Peter White, who works for the security company Lockwood Hills for six years and had previous experience in the armed field. services. But more details about the shooting were not released.

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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.

New Boston Space Force Station is leading a Use of Force Review Board to look into the shooting and investigate what happened with the contractor, Peterson-Schriever Garrison spokesman Stephen Brady of Space Force, which oversees Space Force Station New Boston, told Army .com following the incident.

“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 a statement emailed May 16.

It is still unclear who fired the fatal bullet.

“The exact circumstances surrounding this incident are still under investigation,” the New Hampshire Attorney General’s office said in a news release. “A report indicating whether the use of force was justified will be issued once the investigation is complete.”

The new Boston Space Force Station 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.

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

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