New Hampshire

Man Shot, Killed By NH State Trooper in Walpole: AG

The man killed has been identified as 57-year-old Christopher Tkal, authorities said; state police had responded to Tkal's Walpole home for a report of domestic violence

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A New Hampshire man was shot and killed by state police this weekend after authorities responded to his Walpole home for a report of domestic violence, Attorney General John Formella announced Sunday.

New Hampshire State Police troopers were the first to respond to the County Road home following the domestic violence call around 11:15 p.m. Saturday.

According to the New Hampshire Attorney General, one resident of the home met troopers outside, and then an encounter ensued with another resident inside the home. During this encounter, a trooper discharged his service weapon, fatally striking Christopher Tkal.

Tkal, 57, died at the scene, the AG said, and a loaded rifle was found underneath his body.

Authorities did not say how many times the trooper fired his gun, but an autopsy performed Sunday revealed Tkal died from multiple gunshot wounds. The deputy chief medical examiner ruled the manner of death was homicide, the attorney general said in a press release.

The initial responding troopers did not have body or cruiser cameras, according to the attorney general. The exact circumstances surrounding this incident are being actively investigated.

The name of the trooper involved is being withheld pending the conclusion of a formal interview, which is expected to take place during the coming week.

No one else was physically injured during the shooting, the attorney general said.

This weekend's incident comes less than three months after a separate police shooting in Walpole, New Hampshire.

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