ROCHESTER — Police officials in Rochester identified the name of an officer who opened fire during a recent manhunt.
ROCHESTER – A man who allegedly shot at a police officer, sparking a seven-hour manhunt Satu…
During an incident around 1:50 a.m. on Aug. 3, police tried to stop transient Ricco Chanthapho, 28, who was driving north on Milton Road in a stolen Volkswagen Jetta. Chanthapho did not pull over and turned into SAKS Mobile Home Park, where police say he fled from the car and into the woods.
When police officers started chasing Chanthapho, he fired a gun at them, police said.
On Monday morning, police officials said the officer who fired his gun during the incident was 23-year-old Thomas Seager, who has been with the department for two years.
When the Strafford County Regional Tactical Operations Unit caught up with Chanthapho seven hours into the manhunt, he had already shot himself in the head.
Chanthapho died in the hospital days later. Chief Medical Examiner Jennie Duval has determined that the manner of his death was suicide.
Seager is on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation, according to a news release.