Armed robber leads police on chase from BF to N.H.; man shot and killed in Walpole

WALPOLE, N.H. -- The New Hampshire Attorney General is en route to Upper Walpole Road to investigate a shooting.

Typically, when the AG is involved in an investigation of this nature, it means there was an officer-involved incident. However this has not been confirmed.

According to the Bellows Falls (Vt.) Police Department, Snow and Lear Newton fell victim to an armed robbery on Friday afternoon, just after 4:15 p.m. Snow and Lear Newton is an office supply store located in The Square, Bellows Falls, Vt.

During the investigation, officers learned that a white male wearing a dark mask entered the store and displayed a firearm to the store clerk, after which he demanded money.

"Witnesses observed the man flee from the store and get into a dark colored truck which was parked a short distance away," according to police.

The man was seen speeding away from the downtown area of Bellows Falls and later observed in neighboring New Hampshire by responding New Hampshire police officers.

The man made off with an undisclosed amount of money and the store clerk was not injured.

A State Police officer at the scene on Old Walpole Road confirmed with reporters that there was a fatality. It is believed the man shot and killed is the same person who robbed Snow and Lear Newton.

Upper Walpole Road was closed to traffic Friday night.

Update: 10 p.m.

The following press release was received from the N.H. AG's Office:

New Hampshire Attorney General Michael Delaney, New Hampshire State Police Colonel Robert Quinn, Walpole Police Chief Michael Paquette, and Alstead Police Chief Marcello D'Alessandro announce that they are investigating an officer-involved shooting that took place in the town of Walpole this afternoon. The incident began with a report that a masked suspect had fled after committing an armed robbery in the town of Bellows Falls, Vermont. Officers from the Walpole and Alstead Police Departments pursued the suspect and were able to stop his vehicle in Walpole on Upper Walpole Road. In the ensuing confrontation, shots were fired by police, and the suspect died at the scene. The identity of the deceased suspect is being withheld pending notification of his next of kin. Officers from the New Hampshire State Police Major Crime Unit and Troop C are conducting the investigation.


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