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Aug 5, 2015 5:54 PM

Family attorney's request delays release of body camera footage of police-involved Bath shooting


CONCORD - The attorney for a man who was shot and killed by police in Bath on July 6, has filed a motion to temporarily prevent the release of the body camera video that shows the deadly confrontation.

The Attorney General's office is investigating the shooting.

Investigators said Hagen Esty-Lennon, 42, had stabbed himself, and later charged at two Haverhill officers with the knife in hand.

Police fired several times, killing him.

"We’re sympathetic to the police officers, their adrenaline was running high, they were excited they acted very instantly," attorney Peter McGrath said. "If he was my brother or my son I'd be upset that more actions weren’t taken to probably prevent it."

Several media outlets, including NH1 News have filed right-to-know requests to obtain the video.

After the family was given the chance to view the footage Monday, the video was to be released Wednesday to the media.

Hours before the release, McGrath filed an emergency petition through Merrimack Superior Court to temporarily stop the video from being released.

"There is a public right to see the video," McGrath said, " But we want to keep as much of it out of the public eye as possible."

McGrath told NH1 News Esty-Lennon leaves behind two young children and his goal is to limit which portions of the video are released to protect the family.

A hearing will be held Thursday.

It is unclear whether a judge will decide that same day whether to release the video in it's entirety.


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