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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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Claire May 13 2014 at 11:16 AM

I feel sad that this officer lost his life, makes it all the worse

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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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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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clark May 13 2014 at 8:26 AM

hey dumb ass,FYI MOST GUN owners do not belong to the NRA,course you would not know that because your to busy screeching the sheeples worn out lament about the NRA..There are 200 million guns in this country and 999.99 percent of those guns are NEVER used crime. Move out of your mom's basement and get the facts cupcake..

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arc23con clark May 13 2014 at 8:52 AM

300 million people. 200 million guns?

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ualfriend arc23con May 13 2014 at 9:00 AM

I have more than 1

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JON arc23con May 13 2014 at 9:41 AM

I have 5 My dad has over 20

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aaldrew clark May 13 2014 at 9:25 AM

Correct clark.

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stengernc May 13 2014 at 7:58 AM

NRA, NRA, NRA.....they have lots of poster children.

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arc23con stengernc May 13 2014 at 8:52 AM

and lots of bodies.

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GUNSLINGER arc23con May 13 2014 at 9:34 AM

Man up, girl boy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Valerie stengernc May 13 2014 at 9:13 AM

And lots of children post on here that are clueless.

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grendelking36 May 13 2014 at 7:47 AM

Such a nice house. So many homeless people would have liked to live there. They should ban children from living with their parents after the age of 30, unless they can prove that they are a necessity and/or caretaker of their parents. Ban all mother's boys !!

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