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Jun 29, 2016 7:46 AM

Greenfield Police chief on leave following officer-involved shooting


GREENFIELD - The police chief has been placed on indefinite leave following an officer-involved shooting last week.

The Union-Leader reports Chief Brian Giammarino is on leave and Hancock Police Chief Andrew Wood is currently acting officer-in-charge. Wood is also a part-time officer in Greenfield.

The state's Attorney General's office has refused to identify either the agency or the officer involved in the shooting. Town officials confirmed Giammarino is on leave.

Jeffery Strelzin, senior assistant attorney general, told the newspaper that no new information about the investigation is being released right now and that he could not make any new comments. Strelzin said last week that members of several law enforcement agencies were on scene when the shooting occurred.

Lane Lesko, 19, of Michigan, was shot and killed by a police officer on Route 136 in Peterborough June 21.

READ: Man killed in officer-involved shooting in Peterborough ID'd as troubled runaway teen

According to the newspaper, Lesko's mother Patricia Lesko, of Ann Arbor, Mich., said she was informed by someone from the AG’s office that her son had a BB gun and had brandished it. She was also told her son was killed by a single shot through the neck, she said. She said her son had autism and bipolar disorder.

Lesko was convicted earlier this year for stealing a car, breaking into a home and posing as an FBI agent. The judge sentenced him to a year in a residential treatment program in Maine. He went missing from the camp two days before he was shot and killed in Peterborough.

He was facing years in a Michigan prison for stealing a car, breaking into a neighbor’s home and posing as an FBI agent. He was

He was convicted in January, but the judge in the case, understanding his mental health challenges, had given him a year to go to a residential treatment facility — Summit Achievement in Maine.


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