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NH State Police troopers in fatal Claremont shooting identified

Published: 4/19/2021 5:39:49 PM
Modified: 4/19/2021 5:39:48 PM

CLAREMONT — The New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office on Monday released the names of the six state police troopers who fatally shot a Windsor native in Claremont last month.

Jeffrey Ely, 40, was shot by members of a state police SWAT team after police responded on March 31 to a report of shots fired at 247 Sullivan St., a group of industrial and warehouse buildings near the Sugar River just west of downtown Claremont.

Officers found Ely was barricaded inside one of the buildings, prompting Claremont police to close down that stretch of Sullivan Street and call for assistance from the state police SWAT team. Once they arrived, “gunfire was exchanged” between Ely and troopers, police said.

An autopsy later found that Ely died from gunshot wounds to the head, neck, upper and lower extremities, and torso. Family and friends said he appeared to be suffering from mental health problems in the days leading up to the incident.

Interviews with the troopers, who were members of the state SWAT team, were completed last week, according to a news release from the Attorney General's Office. They are:

■Trooper First Class Nicholas Cyr, who has been a state police trooper since 2005

■Trooper First Class Stefan Czyzowski, who has been a trooper since 2006

■Sgt. Gary Ingham, who joined the state police in 2003

■Trooper First Class Shane Larkin, who has been a state police trooper since 2002

■Trooper William Neilsen, who has been a trooper since 2012. Prior to that, he worked as a Claremont police officer from 2010 to 2012.

■Trooper Noah Sanctuary, who has been with state police since 2016. Before that, he worked for the Walpole Police Department from 2013 to 2016, as well as the Chesterfield Police Department from 2008 to 2013.

The circumstances surrounding the shooting remain under investigation, the Attorney General’s Office said in the release, adding that no further updates are expected until the investigation is completed.

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