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News Release

For Immediate Release
February 23, 2011

Susan G. Morrell, Senior Assistant Attorney General
(603) 231-1585
James C. Vara, Assistant Attorney General
(603) 271-3671

Death in Warner, New Hampshire

New Hampshire Attorney General Michael A. Delaney, New Hampshire State Police Colonel Robert L. Quinn, and Warner Police Chief William Chandler announce that additional details are available in regards to the shooting incident that took place in Warner on Sunday, January 9, 2011.

The male subject who broke into Gordon Smith's home on January 8, 2011, and later died of a gunshot wound to the head, has been identified as Jesse Cook (30), with a last known address of Central Falls, Rhode Island. Jesse Cook also went by the name of Ques Paulson. It has been determined that he performed in at least one Providence nightclub, playing guitar and singing under the name Ques Paulson. A YouTube video of Mr. Cook performing under the name of Ques Paulson was also located. Mr. Cook's body was formally identified by family members.

The investigation has revealed that Jesse Cook committed an armed car-jacking in Providence, Rhode Island on January 7, 2001. During that incident, Cook held the owner of the car, a female, at gunpoint for a period of time. This vehicle was later discovered parked in the park and ride parking lot off Exit 9, of Interstate 89, in Warner, New Hampshire. The vehicle, a white, Hyundai Elantra, was displaying a New Hampshire license plate, which covered the Rhode Island license plate. This New Hampshire license plate was reported stolen from a vehicle in Manchester, New Hampshire on January 8, 2011.

Efforts to retrace when and how Mr. Cook obtained the weapon used in the armed car-jacking in Rhode Island and in the armed home invasion in Warner, New Hampshire that eventually resulted in his death, have been unsuccessful to date. The investigation has determined that Mr. Cook had no criminal history. Further investigation is continuing into Mr. Cook's physical and mental health records in an attempt to determine his motive in connection with his actions in Warner.

The New Hampshire State Police remain interested in obtaining further background information on Jesse Cook and what may have motivated him to commit these crimes and then take his own life. Anyone who may know or have any information about Jesse Cook should contact the New Hampshire State Police Headquarters at (603) 223-4381.

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