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AG to release audio and video recordings along with report on fatal police shooting in Canaan

Union Leader Staff

March 14. 2018 9:37AM

NORTH HAVERHILL — Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald will announce this afternoon his findings on the officer-involved shooting that killed Jesse J. Champney in Canaan nearly three months ago.

To this point, state prosecutors have confirmed that on Dec. 23 Champney was shot four times by State Trooper Christopher O’Toole, who was identified as the officer who fired the fatal shot.

MacDonald will release the report at a 1 p.m. briefing at Grafton County Superior Court in North Haverhill, officials said.

The final report will include video from Canaan Police Officer Samuel Provenza’s dashboard camera along with police audio recordings.

At the time of the shooting, Champney was wanted for failing to show up in court for 2016 charges of drug possession and resisting arrest. 

Champney’s fiancee, Seati Tobin, said the pair had left a grocery store when law enforcement in at least two police cruisers followed him.

After the car slid into a ditch, Tobin said Champney got out and ran toward a grove of trees while she remained in the car. That’s when the shooting occurred, she said.

Tobin has not been arrested.

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