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Police shoot, kill man in Nashua; investigation is ongoing

Dan Tuohy

Law enforcement officials are continuing to investigate after police shot and killed a Pelham resident in Nashua Sunday night.

The state Attorney General’s office says 41-year-old Ryan Prudhomme was armed with a handgun when Nashua police officers encountered him outside a Lowe’s store on Daniel Webster Highway around 8:45 p.m. The store was closed at the time.

State officials say two officers discharged “less lethal” weapons, and one officer fired a gun.

Officials say officers were following up on a report from Pelham police that Prudhomme had been armed earlier in the evening and was last seen leaving his home.

An autopsy Monday determined Prudhomme died of a single gunshot wound to his chest. The death was ruled a homicide, meaning the killing of one person by another.

The Attorney General’s office is continuing to investigate the circumstances of the shooting and whether it was legally justified, which is the standard procedure whenever a police officer uses deadly force.

Authorities say no police officers were injured and there is no danger to the public. The officers’ names will be released after they have been interviewed, which is expected to happen in the next five to 10 days.

Updated: June 3, 2024 at 4:11 PM EDT
This story was updated at 4:10 p.m. after autopsy results were released by the state Attorney General's office.
Paul Cuno-Booth covers health and equity for NHPR. He previously worked as a reporter and editor for The Keene Sentinel, where he wrote about police accountability, local government and a range of other topics. He can be reached at
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