Man killed in shootout with police in Rochester, N.H.

A man was killed in a shootout with police in Rochester, N.H., Monday afternoon, authorities said.

Douglas Heath, 38, exchanged fire with two Rochester police officers and two New Hampshire State Police officers after crashing his car at the intersection of Oak Street and Route 125, said Peter Hinckley, New Hampshire senior assistant attorney general.

Heath was pronounced dead at the scene, Hinckley said. No one else was injured.


Police had been warned about Heath last week, as he was wanted on multiple warrants, including for trafficking narcotics and fleeing from Maine State Police, according to Hinckley.

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The New Hampshire Attorney General’s office and state police are investigating the incident, focusing on the circumstances behind the exchange of gunfire, Hinckley said.

The officers involved in the shooting will be placed on administrative leave during the investigation. None of the officers were equipped with body cameras, according to Hinckley.

Heath’s autopsy is scheduled for Thursday, he said.

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