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Report: Officer’s use of deadly force in Rochester justified

ROCHESTER (AP) — The New Hampshire Attorney General’s office has concluded a probation officer was justified in using deadly force against a man shot at a Rochester mobile home park.

Authorities say the March incident began when three officers from the Department of Corrections and a Strafford County sheriff’s deputy went to visit 35-year-old Benjamin Shannon, who hid when told to come out and then told them he had a gun and was going to kill Jason Wirth, a probation officer. ...

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ROCHESTER (AP) — The New Hampshire Attorney General’s office has concluded a probation officer was justified in using deadly force against a man shot at a Rochester mobile home park.

Authorities say the March incident began when three officers from the Department of Corrections and a Strafford County sheriff’s deputy went to visit 35-year-old Benjamin Shannon, who hid when told to come out and then told them he had a gun and was going to kill Jason Wirth, a probation officer.

Wirth ended up shooting Shannon, who pointed a black object at him.

It turned out the object was a black cellphone. Wirth later died at Maine Medical Center.

The attorney general’s office said it was reasonable for Wirth to think Shannon had a gun and was going to use it on him.