New HampshireDepartment of JusticeOffice of the Attorney General

News Release

For Immediate Release
August 24, 2018

Peter Hinckley, Senior Assistant Attorney General
(603) 271-1209 (office), (603) 657-4904 (cell),

Erin Fitzgerald, Attorney

Autopsy Results in the August 20, 2018 Officer-Involved Shooting in Rochester

Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald, New Hampshire Police Colonel Christopher J. Wagner, and Rochester Police Chief Paul Toussaint announce additional information concerning an officer-involved shooting incident that took place in Rochester, New Hampshire. During that incident, law enforcement officers discharged their firearms, and Douglas Heath (age 38) was fatally wounded. Nobody else was physically injured during the incident.

Yesterday, New Hampshire's Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Jennie V. Duval conducted an autopsy on Mr. Heath. Dr. Duval found that Mr. Heath was shot multiple times, and determined his cause of death to be multiple gunshot wounds. The manner of Mr. Heath's 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 incident is being investigated by the Attorney General's Office in conjunction with the State Police Major Crime Unit. The exact circumstances surrounding this incident remain actively under investigation.

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