AG: Haverhill Officers Justified To Use Deadly Force In Bath Shooting

Aug 1, 2015

Image taken from the body cam from a Haverhill police officer in the July 6 shooting.
Credit N.H. Attorney General

  The New Hampshire Attorney General's Office has cleared two officers in the fatal shooting of a man in Bath earlier this month.

The attorney general's report, released Friday, says still shots captured from the body cameras worn by the Haverhill officers who shot 42-year-old Hagan Esty-Lennon of Canterbury show that he lunged at them with a knife before the first bullet struck him.

The investigation determined that Officers Ryan Jarvis and Greg Collins were justified in using deadly force against Esty-Lennon on July 6, as the man staggered from a car accident with a self-inflicted knife wound in his chest.

Investigators say Esty-Lennon's landlady told them he seemed to be suffering from hallucinations in the weeks before the shooting.

Prosecutors say they will release the body cam videos Wednesday.