AG Finds Nashua Police Officer Justified in Shooting

Aug 24, 2018

The June 26th shooting occurred outside an apartment unit at 106 Ledge Street in Nashua.

The New Hampshire Attorney General's office concluded a Nashua police officer shooting of Justin Contreras earlier this year was a legally justified use of deadly force.

Officers responding to a call that Contreras was despondent on June 26 encountered him holding a handgun inside the foyer. Officer James Ciulla fired three shots, hitting Contreras twice.

The investigation by the AG and State Police found that Contreras' firearm was unloaded. No other shots were fired. No one else was injured.

Contreras is facing criminal charges in connection with the encounter with Ciulla.

The AG's office said it will issue a full report on the investigation once those legal proceedings conclude.