CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A state trooper’s capturing of a Walpole man in December was justified after the person pointed what seemed to be a semi-automatic handgun at a police officer, the New Hampshire lawyer normal has introduced.
Trooper Zachary Bernier and a Walpole police officer had been responding to a Dec. 4, 2021 name from a lady who mentioned her son was suicidal. They encountered Jacob Gasbarro, 25, within the driveway, and through a dialog, he pulled out what seemed to be a gun and pointed it on the Walpole officer, the lawyer normal’s workplace mentioned Thursday.
Bernier fired 10 pictures, hitting Gasbarro twice. He was hospitalized for his wounds and survived.
Unknown to the officers, the firearm was a pellet gun however all the protection markings had been eliminated so it seemed like an actual handgun, the lawyer normal’s workplace mentioned.
After a overview the lawyer normal has decided that it was “objectively reasonable” for the trooper to conclude that the person had an actual firearm pointed on the officer and subsequently the capturing was “a legally justified use of deadly force,” the lawyer normal’s workplace mentioned.
State police introduced expenses towards Gasbarro, that are pending, the workplace mentioned.
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