N.H. Attorney General’s Office Identifies Trooper Who Shot and Killed Enfield Man

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Canaan — The New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office has released the name of the trooper who shot a 26-year-old Enfield man in Canaan Saturday night, but offered few other details about what led to the fatal encounter.

Officials said Trooper Christopher O’Toole, with the Troop F barracks, remains on paid administrative leave, pursuant to New Hampshire State Police protocol. His name was released in a news release this afternoon.

Canaan police officer Samuel Provenza was also “present during the incident,” according to the release, but did not fire his gun.

Jesse Champney was killed after being shot four times in a field near Route 4 and Switch Road, according to an autopsy performed on Sunday by New Hampshire’s chief medical examiner. 

“The exact circumstances surrounding this incident remain actively under investigation,” the release stated. “It is anticipated that a preliminary report regarding whether Trooper O’Toole’s use of deadly force was justified will be released once the investigation is completed.”

Posted Wednesday at 4:45 p.m. Find a full report in Thursday’s Valley News.