Jun 7, 2015 1:39 PM

NH Police commander, brother charged in alleged domestic assault


JAFFREY - A high ranking N.H. State Police commander has been charged with a domestic violence-related assault after local police say he allegedly choked his brother.

Local police told the Union Leader that they'd been called to the home of Maj. Christopher P. Aucoin's parents' home in Jaffrey on several occasions for reported disturbances.

On one occasion, police say Aucoin was hit in the head with a paint can by his brother. Nathan Aucoin, 38, of Rindge has also been charged with a domestic violence-related assault.

According to the Union Leader, Aucoin, 44, of Wilton, has been on leave for several weeks dealing with health issues.

"We are aware of the arrest," said state police Col. Robert Quinn. "His status is he is on leave. I can't comment on anything else."

Quinn would not disclose when he placed Aucoin on leave or whether it was paid or unpaid.

Aucoin was a member of the SWAT team in 1997 when Carl Drega went on a shooting rampage in the North Country, killing two of Aucoin's fellow troopers, Scott Phillips and Leslie Lord, newspaper editor Dennis Joos and a judge, Vickie Bunnell. He went on to lead the SWAT team and now serves as commander of operations, the third highest-ranking officer in the N.H. State Police.

Sources close to Aucoin said he had been dealing with health issues and that the stresses of his job had become more pronounced.

Both brothers were released on $1,000 personal recognizance bail each and are expected to appear in the 8th Circuit Court District Division in Jaffrey next month to be arraigned on the charges.


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