Autopsy Shows Man Shot 4 Times; Trooper to Be Interviewed

Monday, December 25, 2017

Canaan — The New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office and the State Police Major Crime Unit plan to interview a state trooper this week about the fatal shooting of a 26-year-old Enfield man over the weekend.

An autopsy on Sunday by New Hampshire’s Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Jennie V. Duval found that Jesse J. Champney was shot four times during an incident in a field Saturday evening near the intersection of Switch Road and Route 4 in Canaan, and that the trooper fired the round that killed Champney, according to a news release Sunday from the Attorney General’s Office.

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 practice.

According to an earlier release, the incident took place around 6:30 p.m. on Saturday. The trooper was not injured during the incident.

“Pursuant to protocol, the name of the trooper involved in the incident is being withheld pending the trooper’s formal interview,” which is expected to take place this week. “The exact circumstances surrounding this incident remain actively under investigation,” the release said.

Efforts to reach Champney’s family over the weekend were unsuccessful.

According to a May 2016 news release from Lebanon police, a Jesse Champney, then 25 and living in Canaan, was arrested on a felony charge of possession of heroin with intent to sell and resisting arrest, a misdemeanor, after allegedly agreeing to sell heroin to a police informant but then attempting to flee on foot when confronted by Lebanon police. Champney was on parole and was ordered held on $50,000 cash bail, the Lebanon release said at the time.

The Valley News in 2013 wrote about a Jesse Champney, then 22, who jumped out of a moving car in Hartford and fled on foot to escape bail bondsmen who were attempting to take him into custody following a probation violation. Champney had been arrested in 2010 on charges of burglarizing several camps in Enfield.

Hillsborough, N.H., police, also said he had been arrested in June 2013 and charged with driving with a suspended license and drug possession after he was found causing a scene inside a local McDonald’s, the Valley News reported at the time.