New Hampshire State Police Shooting of Man in Canaan Ruled Justified

A New Hampshire state trooper will not be charged in the fatal shooting of a man whose death inspired a roadside memorial that carried similarities to the plot of the Oscar-nominated film "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri."

Trooper Christopher O'Toole shot Jesse Champney four times on Dec. 23 as the 26-year-old was running away through a field in Canaan.

The state attorney general's office says O'Toole shot Champney because he feared for his life and that he was legally justified in using deadly force. O'Toole told investigators that Champney repeatedly said he had a gun and would shoot him.

Champney did not have a gun, but did have several knives in his pocket.

After his death, Champney's family built a roadside memorial featuring 17 crosses and signs calling for justice.

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