New Hampshire State Trooper Shoots, Kills Man in Canaan

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Canaan— A New Hampshire State Police trooper shot and killed a man Saturday evening in Canaan, according to a news release from the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office.

The incident took place in a field at the junction of Route 4 and Switch Road at about 6:27 p.m. The identity of the man who was killed is being withheld pending positive identification and notification of his family. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will perform an autopsy on Sunday to determine the cause and manner of his death, the release said.

This incident is being investigated by the Attorney General’s Office in conjunction with the State Police Major Crime Unit. 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 trooper has been placed on administrative leave.

“This is an unfolding investigation and additional information will be provided as soon as possible while still protecting the integrity of the investigation,” the release stated.

Posted Saturday at 8 p.m. Updated Saturday at 11:50 p.m. Valley News editors can be reached at newseditor@vnews.com.

Update: 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.