New Hampshire Attorney General to Reveal Findings in Police Shooting of Jesse Champney

  • Enfield, New Hampshire, resident Jesse Champney. (Courtesy photograph)

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Canaan — New Hampshire Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald will announce his findings in a police shooting in Canaan in December during a news conference today in North Haverhill.

The briefing will include “portions” of video footage from a cruiser’s dashboard camera, as well as police audio recordings, according to a news release issued by the Attorney General’s Office on Tuesday.

New Hampshire State Police Trooper Christopher O’Toole fatally shot Jesse J. Champney on Dec. 23, 2017, in a field along Route 4 in Canaan. Canaan Police Officer Samuel Provenza also was on scene at the time of the incident, and his cruiser captured the video and audio, the release states.

Champney, 26, was wanted on an outstanding warrant at the time he was shot. His fiancee, Saeti Tobin, who was with him at the time of the incident, claims Champney was shot unprovoked as he ran toward the woods line to escape arrest before Christmas. 

The press briefing will be held at Grafton Superior Court in North Haverhill. The final report and the video and auto recordings are expected to be posted online this afternoon.