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HINSDALE, N.H. — A shooting incident that resulted in the death of a 12-year-old boy has been ruled a murder/suicide by the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office.

According to a news release issued at just past 6 p.m. on Thursday, David S. Lent, 47, shot his son, Tyler Gilbert before shooting himself.

On Wednesday, just before 1 p.m., officers with the Hinsdale Police Department responded to 767 Plain Road for the report of a shooting.

“The responding officers observed that Mr. Lent and his son had suffered apparent gunshot wounds,” states the new release. “A pistol was located next to Mr. Lent. A witness at the scene reported that David Lent shot Tyler before shooting himself.”

The news release states Lent was living at the Plain Road home and his son was living in Vermont. The shooting occurred during a visit by Gilbert to his father and his grandparents.

Police officers from Hinsdale and New Hampshire State Police investigate two suspicious deaths at 767 Plain Road, in Hinsdale, N.H., on Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021.

A neighbor, who asked not to be identified, told the Reformer that he’s never had a conversation with the folks living next door, at 767 Plain Road, but they were always quiet and minded their own business.

He said he saw them working on their deck Wednesday, but did not notice anything out of the ordinary.

“They’ve always been great neighbors,” said the man. “Always working on their house. They seemed to be very nice people.”

Late Wednesday night, Hinsdale Police Chief Charles Rataj posted a message on Facebook, expressing his condolences to the family of Lent and Gilbert.

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“Some very distraught fellow human beings are hanging on every word and your empathy, understanding and compassion are important right now,” he wrote.

He urged people to think before they post comments on social media.

“Today a family was devastated and some of them received terrible news by Facebook,” wrote Rataj. “I wish that they had been able to get the dreadful news with a level of privacy and dignity.

In December 2020, Lent was taken into custody in Fitzwilliam after he barricaded himself inside a home on Upper Troy Road with a woman and her 4-year-old daughter.

According to published reports, Lent punched a police officer during the incident and was shocked with a Taser several times and was shot several times with pepper balls before he was subdued.

He was charged with two counts of domestic violence-simple assault, false imprisonment, endangering the welfare of a child, resisting arrest and simple assault.

He was last in court in April, but those charges were not resolved at the time.

In 2015, Lent was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated after he caused an accident on River Road in Westmoreland. He pleaded guilty to aggravated DUI and reckless conduct with a deadly weapon and received a suspended sentence.

The Cheshire County Attorney’s Office did not return requests for comment.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help pay for funeral arrangements at

“We have know Tyler since he was a baby,” wrote one contributor. “Such a nice polite boy ... Our hearts go out to his family. We will miss not seeing him in the neighborhood.”

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