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AG: Deadly Force Justified In Officer-Involved Manchester Shooting

The New Hampshire Attorney General’s office has determined that a state trooper’s use of deadly force was justified in a shooting in Manchester last month.

According to an autopsy, 45-year-old Wendy Lawrence of Canterbury died of a gunshot wound to the chest.

She was shot four times following a high-speed pursuit that ended in Manchester on Sept. 30.

According to the report released Tuesday, State Trooper Chad Lavoie opened fire on Lawrence when she drove her car toward him.

Other troopers on scene said they believed she was trying to hit Lavoie with her car.

Lawrence was initially pulled over on Interstate 89, when it was determined she was a habitual offender with a suspended license.

She sped away from the scene and after nearly hitting a person, led police on the chase that ended in Manchester.

Michael serves as NHPR's Program Director. Michael came to NHPR in 2012, working as the station's newscast producer/reporter. In 2015, he took on the role of Morning Edition producer. Michael worked for eight years at The Telegraph of Nashua, covering education and working as the metro editor.
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