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Police: Explosion at home after shooting, fire



BRENTWOOD, N.H. (AP) - A New Hampshire police officer was shot to death after he responded to a domestic disturbance at a home that later exploded and burned, authorities said Monday.

The gunman was presumed dead in the ensuing blaze.

Attorney General Joseph Foster said late Monday night 48-year-old Stephen Arkell of Brentwood was shot to death when he answered the call in a suburban neighborhood for people older than 55.

After the shooting, the house burst into flames. A massive explosion blew the front off the house and within an hour, it was leveled.

Foster said Michael Nolan, 47, the son of the homeowner, is the suspected gunman. He is presumed dead.

"The entire State of New Hampshire is in mourning over the tragic loss of Brentwood Officer Steve Arkell," said Gov. Maggie Hassan. "Officer Arkell bravely answered the call of duty and made the ultimate sacrifice, a heroic demonstration of his commitment to the safety of his fellow citizens. Like so many of our first responders do on a daily basis, Officer Arkell courageously put his life on the line to protect others, and in doing so, was tragically taken far too soon."

Debra Vasapolli, director of public relations at Exeter Hospital, said that one person was taken to the hospital but said that person was not the victim of a gunshot wound. She declined to provide more details.

Neighbor Wayne Hughes told the Portsmouth Herald that police responded to the house after neighbors heard an argument Monday afternoon and called 911. His wife, Susan, said that she saw a police officer arrive at the home and then heard "rapid gun fire."

She said she saw Walter Nolan, 86, being taken from the scene by ambulance before she was evacuated from the area. Public records indicate the house is owned by Nolan and he apparently lived in the home with his son.

After the blaze started around 4 p.m., firefighters were kept away from the scene.

Aerial coverage from WMUR-TV (http://bit.ly/RAYnZq) shows flames burning through the roof of the house and an explosion punching out the front of the house shortly after 5:30 p.m. Within minutes of the explosion, the house was engulfed in flames as black smoke billowed over the neighborhood.

After firefighters started attacking the blaze around 6 p.m., the fire was largely knocked down about a half hour later and it didn't appear to have spread to neighboring houses.

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Brian Devore May 13 2014 at 2:26 PM

BUT I GUESS ON THE FLIP SIDE, WHEN I REMOVE AN ABUSED FEMALE WITH A SMALL CHILD FROM THE SITUATION AND PUT THEM IN A MOTEL FOR A COUPLE OF DAY'S AND SEE THAT THEY HAVE FOOD AND PAY FOR ALL OF THIS OUT OF POCKET, IT ALL SEEMS TO BE WORTH IT.

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theesheba May 13 2014 at 9:54 AM

How many times do you have to tell you anti-gun people. "Guns don't Kill, it's the idiots behind them that do." By making everything human when crimes are commited then, it is going to continue. I hate that fact that there are people out there killing for no reason at all. They have to murder others, that the police will kill them because they can't just kill themselves. But it have nothing to do with the NRA, or any other organization. It has to do with what we have done in regards to our justice system. I am tired of all these groups who just want to take rights from others because they can't help thinking their beliefs are right. I am an adult I know how to turn off a TV, control my guns, protect my family, take care of my own body. YOUR IDEAS TO SAVE US BY YOUR THINKING IS WHAT IS THE CAUSING THIS, TAKE CARE OF YOUR SELF AND YOUR FAMILY!! Let the rest of us that can lilve in reality handle the rest.

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Roberta theesheba May 13 2014 at 10:37 AM

What right? The right to kill? I had not heard of that one.

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nelsonrockefeller Roberta May 13 2014 at 10:50 AM

Really?? I guess in your country abortion has not been openly advertised as in Amerika.. Good for you...

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Sandy Roberta May 13 2014 at 3:36 PM

Duhhh - the right to protect family! Quit spinning!

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donstillings May 13 2014 at 9:49 AM

The last thing anyone heard was the sound of a bell.

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Pearl May 13 2014 at 9:36 AM

it is not the NRA 's fault, it is the nut with the gun.

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rha8765611 May 13 2014 at 9:27 AM

When the NRA is adamantly supporting the sale of the war weapons good for nothing but shooting people, the NRA shares the blame in how these weapons are used.

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Heike Hockenberry May 13 2014 at 9:16 AM

when we control the guns then we will control you

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Mark Heike Hockenberry May 13 2014 at 9:31 AM

Never Never Never!!!!

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Roberta Heike Hockenberry May 13 2014 at 10:39 AM

Were you with Bundy threatening Government agents?

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Sandy Roberta May 13 2014 at 3:39 PM

Standing right next to you!


See how stupid some comments can be?

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Epratt2905 May 13 2014 at 1:20 PM

was there a Meth Lsb inside the burning house?

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Ernie May 13 2014 at 9:02 AM

NRA didn't' produce the "nuts". Society did. The gun didn't shoot itself. Stop blaming guns for stupid peoples actions.

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arc23con May 13 2014 at 8:51 AM

Nuts with guns. Thanks NRA

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Evi May 13 2014 at 8:28 AM

Why is everyone focusing on guns? Why not about the lose of life of the office who responded to a call? Focusing on the lose of his life would be more appropriate.

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gr8papers Evi May 13 2014 at 8:35 AM

How about learning to spell "loss" before you write a comment?

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