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Shooting at NH Space Force military base kills one in Massachusetts

NEW BOSTON, NH – The New Hampshire Attorney General and NH State Police released additional information Friday regarding the fatal shooting involving an officer in New Boston.

On Friday, there was a fatal shooting involving an officer on an access road to the New Boston Space Force Station, located at 317 Chestnut Hill Road in New Boston.

A 33-year-old Massachusetts man was killed in the shooting, which involved a New Boston police officer and a contract security member working at the station. The New Hampshire attorney general’s office said the name of the slain man will not be released until next of kin are notified.

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An autopsy was performed on Sunday by Deputy Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Mitchell Weinberg. Dr. Weinberg determined that the victim’s cause of death was a single gunshot wound and his manner of death was homicide. As used by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, homicide is defined as the killing of one person by another.

The exact circumstances surrounding this incident are under active investigation. No further information will be released prior to formal interviews with the relevant officer and contracted security member.

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On Saturday, New Boston police blocked the access road entrance to the station. New Hampshire State Police major crime detectives worked to document the scene.

Sources said the man approached armed guards at the front gate of the secure facility on Chestnut Hill Road and struck up a conversation with staff on Friday. The man then exited his vehicle with a weapon or weapons and was fatally shot at the entrance. New Boston, Amherst and Bedford Fire and EMS responded, but the shooting victim was dead.

According to the radio report, one person was going to be medically evaluated by doctors, but it is not known if it was a base employee.

The vehicle contained a gas can and a propane tank — which could be seen on the ground next to the vehicle where the investigators were working. Initially, the presence of the gas canister and the propane tank worried the responders and an assessment was made to judge that they did not constitute a danger.

New Boston police were stationed on Chestnut Hill Road, blocking the entrance to the facility on Saturday. New Hampshire State Police major crime investigators could be seen working in the area of ​​the car, which had Massachusetts plates.

The US space station was formerly operated by the US Air Force until the transition to the new Space Force.

The New Hampshire patch will be updated as more information becomes available.

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