Attorney General Releases Results of Investigation into Deadly Manchester Standoff
The New Hampshire Attorney General's office has concluded that officers were justified in their use of force during a high-profile standoff last March that resulted in the death of three civilians.
The incident took place at the Manchester Quality Inn on South Willow Street on March 27-28, 2019.
The Attorney General's report, issued Wednesday, says a group of Drug Enforcement Agency officers and police went there to arrest two men wanted on outstanding warrants. Police said they had stolen a car and were under investigation for trafficking drugs from Massachusetts to New Hampshire.
The reports says Stephen Marshall, 51, tried to escape through a smashed hotel window, and appeared to take aim at officers with a semi-automatic handgun. Officers shot him; he was struck seven times and died as a result.
The other two deaths - Christian St. Cyr, 26, and Brandie St. Cyr, 21 - barricaded themselves in the hotel room for 13 hours, while shooting at police.
Officers found the couple dead in their hotel room the next morning.
A medical examiner concluded the cause of death was likely a combination of fentanyl, acetyl fentanyl, methamphetamine, and cocaine found in their bloodstream, and hypothermia from exposure to cold air through the smashed window and water from a burst pipe in their hotel room.
Officers recovered bags of fentanyl in the room, which they say the deceased had intended to distribute.