Apr 28, 2015 6:03 PM
Attorneys: Lee man who threatened police wanted them to kill him
DOVER - A former Lee man who was shot twice by police after he allegedly threatened them with a firearm, apparently first dropped to his knees and put a gun to his own head, according to attorneys handling the case.
Steven Amazeen, 48, who lived at 289 Lee Hook Road at the time he was shot, is on trial for criminal threatening and reckless conduct at Strafford County Superior Court. During opening statements Tuesday morning, the prosecution and Amazeen's defense attorney agreed that he wanted police to kill him on Dec. 3, 2012, after a domestic dispute with his wife.
Deputy County Attorney Alysia Cassotis told the jury that Amazeen and his wife, Mary, were having financial troubles at the time. Their house of many years was being foreclosed on, and boxes were packed with their belongings.
After their five-year-old son went to bed, the couple began bickering, and Mary told her husband that she wanted a divorce.
This pushed Amazeen "right over the edge," Cassotis said.
Amazeen allegedly took out the AMT Backup .380 pistol he had become accustomed to carrying and while Mary sat on their marital bed, he discharged his weapon into the floor.
Cassotis said even though Mary tried to explain to Amazeen that she would not keep their child from him, it didn't register, and he went outside to kill himself, discharging the weapon again in the direction of their barn.
When local police received a phone call for help from Mary, they immediately called for additional units. Barrington, Newmarket and Durham all responded to the scene. Some officers were carrying assault rifles.
Cassotis said Lee police Sergeant Michael Lyczak was the first to arrive at the scene. Amazeen knew Lyczak personally, and he was "screaming" while asking the officer to shoot him.