NH AG: Officers shot, killed NH man driving stolen car to get drugs in Lawrence, Mass.
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HAMPTON — Officers allegedly shot and killed a Portsmouth man on his way to Lawrence, Massachusetts to buy drugs.
Around noon Tuesday, the Portsmouth Police Department issued a "be on the lookout" BOLO for Barry Jones, 36 of Portsmouth, after they received of a report that Jones stole his neighbor's Ford Ranger pick-up while intoxicated. According to the report, Jones had a handgun, which he pointed at an individual, telling the individual to drive with him to Lawrence, Massachusetts to "get some drugs."
A few minutes later, Jones crashed the vehicle along Grafton Drive in Portsmouth, causing damage to the car's front tire, New Hampshire Attorney General Gordon MacDonald said. Jones continued onto Interstate 95 southbound.
A state trooper noticed the reported stolen truck at the New Hampshire Liquor & Wine Outlet around 12:24 p.m.
Shortly after 12:30 p.m., troopers encountered Jones in front of the liquor store, where one or two of the troopers fired their weapons, MacDonald said.
Officials transported Jones to Portsmouth Regional Hospital where he was treated at the scene for at least one gunshot wound. Jones died in the early afternoon.
An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday at the Chief Medical Examiner's office in Concord.
"The exact circumstances surrounding the officer(s) discharge of his weapon remains actively under investigation," MacDonald said.
Officials did not release the names of the officers, but did say each officer has been placed on paid administrative leave.
At the time of the incident, 15 customers, three vendors and eight employees occupied the liquor store, with two employees in the New Hampshire Made County Store, MacDonald said. No officers or civilians sustained any physical injuries.
Authorities have recovered surveillance video from the New Hampshire Liquor & Wine Outlet, which is being reviewed by investigators.
New Hampshire State Police, the State Police Major Crime Unit, members of the Attorney General's office, the Hampton and Portsmouth Police Departments, and Hampton Animal Control responded to the scene.
I-95 southbound remained open during the investigation; however, officials closed the entrance to the liquor store.
Anyone who saw the pick-up truck between noon and 12:30 p.m. is asked to contact New Hampshire State Police at 603-223-4381.