Weare Officer Shot and Suspect Dead After Domestic Violence Call

Aug 1, 2019

Colonel Christopher Wagner of the N.H. State Police speaks with members of the N.H. Attorney General's office and Weare Police Department in Weare.
Credit Sarah Gibson for NHPR

An armed man has died and a police officer has been injured after a shooting Thursday morning in Weare. 

 

Officer William Lewis, 27, was among the police officers who responded to a domestic violence call on Buckley Road at 1:45 am Thursday morning. 

 

According to Attorney General Gordon MacDonald, when the officers arrived, they escorted an adult female from the house. The other resident, Jeffrey Clough-Garvin, 43, allegedly barricaded himself inside the house and shot Officer Lewis in the arm.

 

Another Weare officer exchanged gunfire with Clough-Garvin.

 

Col. Christopher Wagner of the New Hampshire State Police says that after hours of attempts by State Police and SWAT team to contact Clough-Garvin, they entered his house at approximately 8:30 a.m. and found him dead.

 

“There was a loss of life here this morning,” said Wagner. “We are certainly sympathetic to that. We are appreciative of that and we provide his family our deepest condolences and sympathies.”

 

The Weare officers were wearing body cameras. Macdonald says images of the event were captured and will be used in the state’s investigation.

 

An autopsy of Clough-Garvin to determine cause of death will be conducted on Friday, August 2. 

 

Lewis is expected to get arm surgery at Concord Hospital on Thursday. The other Weare officer is on leave related to the investigation.

 

The Attorney General’s office asks that anyone with information about Clough-Garvin prior to August 1 contact the Major Crime Unit at (603) 628-8477.

 

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