New HampshireDepartment of JusticeOffice of the Attorney General

News Release

For Immediate Release
August 23, 2017

Jeffery A. Strelzin, Senior Assistant Attorney General
Chief, Homicide Unit
Via email:
At the New Hampshire Attorney General's Office: (603) 271-3671
Jason A. Casey, Assistant Attorney General

Report issued regarding the June 15, 2017 officer involved shooting incident in Newton, New Hampshire

New Hampshire Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald and New Hampshire State Police Colonel Christopher J. Wagner announce that the attached report has been completed regarding the investigation into the officer involved shooting death of Michael R. Brown that occurred in Newton, New Hampshire on June 15, 2017.

The report, which is attached, concludes that based on all the facts and circumstances, Massachusetts State Troopers Michael Caranfa, Robert Holland, George Katsarakes and Daniel Purtell were each justified in their use of deadly force when each Trooper discharged his firearm at Brown.

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New Hampshire Department of Justice
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