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AG: Merrimack Officers' Fatal Shooting Of Armed Man Was Justified

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New Hampshire's attorney general says two Merrimack officers were justified in using deadly force against a man who charged at them with a knife.

Attorney General Joseph Foster said Thursday that 23-year-old Harrison Lambert created a dangerous situation.

Lambert's parents told investigators that Lambert was mentally ill and his condition had deteriorated in recent days. The night before the Sept. 3 shooting, they said Lambert stood before them tapping a knife, scaring them to the point where they locked themselves in their bedroom.

When officers responded to a 911 domestic call just after noon the next day, Foster said Lambert refused their orders to drop the knife and charged them.

Merrimack Lt. Matthew Tartleton told investigators that Lambert's expression was "determined" and "crazy."

Lambert died of multiple gunshot wounds.