• One dead after police-involved shooting in Rochester, NH


    ROCHESTER, N.H. - One person died in a police-involved shooting in Rochester, New Hampshire.

    New Hampshire Attorney General Gordon MacDonald confirmed the incident Monday afternoon, and said its office is investigating with New Hampshire State Police. 

    Police shut down the intersection of Route 125 and Oak Street after the incident.

    Austin McKenzie was driving home from work on Monday afternoon, when he turned into a witness in the shooting and caught the incident on his cell phone.

    "A car flew past me going 50-60 mph, crashed into the East Street building," McKenzie said. "A police SUV was coming from behind and I pulled over. The guy rolled out of the car, wheeled in a handgun and started firing off a couple of shots, and at that point, a police officer took fire."

    The gunfire from the officer killed the suspect, identified as 38-year-old Douglas Heath.

    McKenzie said the officers fired 15-25 shots in the incident, after Heath had fired approximately three.

    "He maybe in possession of three firearms, and that Mr. Heath had no intention on going to jail," MacDonald said. "Mr. Heath had several warrants, including one for trafficking narcotics, and one from fleeing from the Maine State Police."

    McKenzie said he couldn't believe what he saw, in an incident he caught all on camera from his car.

    "I thought this was absolutely crazy, and I can't believe something like this is happening in front of my own eyes," McKenzie said.

    The shooting remains under investigation, and MacDonald said the Rochester Police officers will be placed on administrative leave while the investigation continues.

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