Man shot, killed at U.S. Space Force station in New Boston

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The NH Attorney General’s office was called in following a shooting at the U.S. Space Force HQ in New Boston. Photo/Jeffrey Hastings

This story was last updated on May 15, 2022, at 4:30 p.m.


NEW BOSTON, NH — The New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office, NH State Police, and New Boston Police are at the scene of a fatal shooting at the U.S. Space Force Station May 13.

According to sources a man identified only as a 33-year-old from Massachusetts, approached the armed guards at about 11:30 a.m. at the entrance gate of the secure facility on Chestnut Hill Road and engaged in a conversation with the personnel.

The man allegedly exited his vehicle with a weapon(s) and was fatally shot at the entrance. New Boston, Amherst, and Bedford Fire and EMS responded, but the shooting victim was deceased. According to radio dispatch, one person was going to be medically evaluated by medics, but it is not known if that was an employee of the base.

The shooting incident involved a New Boston police officer and a Contracted Security Member.

The vehicle contained a gas can and propane tank which could be seen on the ground next to the vehicle where investigators were working. Initially, the presence of the gas can and propane tank concerned responders, and an evaluation was done to deem that they were not a danger.

New Boston Police were stationed on Chestnut Hill Road blocking the entrance to the building Saturday morning. New Hampshire State Police Major Crime investigators could be seen working in the area of the car, which had Massachusetts plates.

The U.S. Space Station was formerly operated by the U.S. Air Force until the transition to the newly formed Space Force.

The name of the deceased man is being withheld pending notification of his next of kin.

An autopsy was performed Sunday by Deputy Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Mitchell Weinberg who determined that the victim’s cause of death was a single gunshot wound, and his manner of death is 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 remain actively under investigation.

No further information will be released until after the involved officer and Contracted Security Member’s formal interviews.


 

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