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Police had never been to Brentwood home before Monday night
Associate Attorney General Jane Young speaks during a press conference on Tuesday near the home where Brentwood police Officer Stephen Arkell was fatally shot. (JAMES A. KIMBLE/Union Leader Correspondent)
The death of Arkell, a beloved father of two, has shaken the town of Brentwood, a rural community of 4,600 where he worked as a part-time police officer for 15 years.
Many residents have been allowed back into their units, but some families remain displaced, according to Attorney General Joe Foster.
“There is much we do not know about this unspeakable tragedy,” Foster said during a news conference Tuesday.
Just before his deadly confrontation with Arkell, Nolan had been yelling at his 86-year-old father, Walter, prompting a neighbor to call Brentwood police.
Brentwood police had not been called to the home before, but the caller told police that the father and son had argued in the past.
Young said Fremont police Officer Derek Franek arrived at the home to back up Arkell about four minutes later.
“He indicated that when he went in that residence, he noticed there was a wall that had been sprayed with bullets and he saw Officer Arkell on the floor on his back,” Young said. “He walked toward him and saw that Officer Arkell had sustained what was later to be determined as a fatal injury.”
Officers with the Seacoast Emergency Response team and the New Hampshire State Police SWAT team found Walter Nolan cuffed on the front lawn. He was treated and released at a local hospital and is currently being cared for by family.
The explosion happened from somewhere inside the home at about 5:49 p.m., prompting law enforcement officers and first-responders to back away from the area for safety.
Arkell’s body was found in the rear of the home. An autopsy performed early Tuesday concluded that Arkell, 48, died from multiple gunshot wounds. Nolan’s body was found in the garage area, along with undisclosed items that helped investigators identify him.
Foster expressed his condolences Arkell’s family and friends, saying he served with distinction.
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