New HampshireDepartment of JusticeOffice of the Attorney General

News Release

For Immediate Release
October 2, 2017

Jason A. Casey – Assistant Attorney General
(857) 225-6033
John Kennedy – Assistant Attorney General

Autopsy results concerning the deceased individual in the September 30, 2017 officer-involved shooting in Belmont, New Hampshire

Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald and New Hampshire State Police Colonel Christopher J. Wagner announce additional information concerning an officer-involved shooting that took place in Belmont, New Hampshire on
September 30, 2017.

Earlier today, Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Jennie V. Duval conducted an autopsy on Joseph Mazzitelli (age 46). Dr. Duval determined that Mr. Mazzitelli died as a result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound and that the manner of his death was suicide. According to Dr. Duval, in addition to the self-inflicted gunshot wound, Mr. Mazzitelli also suffered two additional gunshot wounds. The exact number and sequence of gunshots fired by both Mr. Mazzitelli and the Belmont Police Officer involved in the incident remains under active investigation.

As previously disclosed, Mr. Mazzitelli was involved in an encounter with a Belmont Police Officer at the Irving Service Station located at 9 Plummer Hill Road in Belmont at approximately 2:50 p.m. on September 30, 2017. During that encounter, Mr. Mazzitelli brandished and fired a handgun at least once. The Belmont Police Officer also discharged his service weapon during the encounter.

Additional information will be released after the officer's formal interview, which is expected to take place this week.

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