UPDATED: Rochester man shot multiple times as police attempted arrestBy JOHN QUINN
Union Leader Correspondent
March 11. 2014 9:33PM
ROCHESTER — Benjamin Shannon died at Maine Medical Center in Portland Monday night after being shot multiple times as officers attempted to arrest him, according to the New Hampshire Attorney General's Office.
“We’re trying to determine who fired, how many times and what the direction of those shots were,” Assistant Attorney General Benjamin J. Agati said.
The incident began Monday around 3 p.m. after three probation/parole officers from the Department of Corrections and a Strafford County Sheriff’s deputy attempted to serve a warrant on Shannon at 28 Periwinkle Drive in the Sak’s Mobile Home Park.
Rochester police received a call for shots fired inside the home a short time later, according to authorities.
Authorities said an autopsy was to be conducted Tuesday by the Maine State Medical Examiner's Office since Shannon died in Maine.
Shannon, 35, was arrested Feb. 17 after he allegedly robbed George and Ed’s convenience store; the hold-up led to a “soft lockdown” at nearby Maple Street School and Saint Elizabeth Seton School.
The store clerk told police a man with a silver handgun demanded money about 8 a.m. from the register. After taking the money, he ran off, heading north along North Main Street, police said.
Video footage from the store was used to get a description of the robber; a police dog tracked down Shannon within hours.
Police charged him with robbery and obstructing government administration.
The Attorney General’s Office is investigating the shooting because it involved law enforcement officers using potentially deadly force, according Agati.
None of the law enforcement officers was injured.
The investigation is ongoing.
Previous story follows:
ROCHESTER — A man was shot after authorities arrived to serve an arrest warrant at a mobile home park Monday afternoon.
The New Hampshire Attorney General's Office was called to assist in the investigation because the shooting involved law enforcement officers using potentially deadly force, said Benjamin J. Agati, an assistant attorney general.
The man listed on the arrest warrant was treated for a gunshot wound at the scene, then taken to an area hospital. His name was not released.
The shooting happened around 3 p.m. at Sak's Mobile Home Park along Milton Road.
According to a news release from the Attorney General's Office, three probation/parole officers from the Department of Corrections and a Strafford County Sheriff's deputy went to serve the warrant at 28 Periwinkle Drive. Rochester Police received a call for shots fired inside the home a short time later.
Agati said investigators were still trying to determine how many shots were fired and who fired them.
The probation/parole officers and the sheriff's deputy were not injured, according to the news release.
Yellow crime-scene tape cordoned off a section of the neighborhood Monday night, preventing neighbors from entering several nearby homes.
Strafford County Sheriff's deputies and the New Hampshire State Police Major Crime Unit were also at the scene Monday night.