Man Fatally Shot by State Trooper Identified as 26-Year-Old Enfield Resident

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Canaan — The New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office has identified the man fatally shot by a state trooper Saturday afternoon in Canaan as Jesse J. Champney, a 26-year-old Enfield resident.

An autopsy performed Sunday morning by the New Hampshire Chief Medical Examiner determined that Champney was shot four times, according to a news release issued by the state attorney general’s office Sunday evening. The death was ruled a homicide, according to the release, which noted that a homicide is defined as “the killing of one person by another.”

Law enforcement officials have released few details about the shooting, including the name of the trooper, who has been placed on administrative leave in accordance with standard protocol.

According to an earlier release, the incident took place in a field at the junction of Route 4 and Switch Road around 6:30 p.m. on Saturday. The trooper was not injured during the incident, according to Sunday’s release. Following protocol, the name of the trooper will not be released until he is interviewed, probably in the coming week, according to the release.

“The exact circumstances surrounding this incident remain actively under investigation,” the release said.  

Posted Sunday at 5:35 p.m. Follow www.vnews.com for updates.