NH man shot, killed by police at Hampton liquor store had 'extensive' criminal history
PORTSMOUTH — A Portsmouth man shot and killed by officers at the New Hampshire Liquor & Wine Outlet in Hampton had an "extensive criminal history" ranging from stealing cars to forgery.
One or two state troopers fired their weapons at Barry Jones, 36, Tuesday after he stole his neighbor's car, pointed a gun at someone and told the individual to drive with him to Lawrence, Massachusetts, to "get some drugs," Attorney General Gordon MacDonald said.
Over the past 11 years, Jones faced multiple charges filed at Portsmouth district court and court documents made reference of an "extensive criminal history."
According to court documents, Jones stole a man's pick-up truck in 2006 and a Boost Mobile cellphone in 2010 from the Portsmouth Regional Hospital lobby.
Police arrested Jones in 2007 after he allegedly stole an 83-year-old Portsmouth man's checkbook and cashed a $2,500 check after Jones completed yard work for the man. They charged him with stolen property, forgery and theft for this incident.
In 2008, a caretaker for a man admitted to Wentworth-Douglass Hospital went to the man's Portsmouth apartment to get the mail and feed a fish. When the caretaker entered the apartment, she allegedly found Jones in the man's bed. Police requested an arrest warrant for Jones on the charge of criminal trespassing, court documents read.
Later in 2008, Jones violated his probation after he did not immediately notify his probation officer of his arrest and failed to stay in good conduct.
Authorities continue to investigate the Tuesday officer-involved shooting and are asking 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.