BRENTWOOD, N.H. – A powerful explosion tore through a duplex in Brentwood, New Hampshire, Monday afternoon, after a man shot and killed a police officer who responded to a domestic dispute there, authorities said.
Brentwood officials said 48-year-old officer Stephen Arkell went to the home about 4 p.m. and was shot when he got to the house.
Officer Steve Arkell was fatally shot by Michael Nolan, 47, according to New Hampshire Attorney General Joseph Foster.
A second officer responded to the scene but was driven away by gunfire, Foster said.
“Other officers arrived and a short time later the home was engulfed in flames and later exploded,” he said. “It’s believed Mr. Nolan was killed by the fire or the explosion.”
“Officer Arkell bravely answered the call of duty and made the ultimate sacrifice, a heroic demonstration of his commitment to the safety of his fellow citizens,” State Gov. Maggie Hassan said in a statement. “Like so many of our first responders do on a daily basis, Officer Arkell courageously put his life on the line to protect others, and in doing so, was tragically taken far too soon.”
Brentwood is a town of about 4,200, located 50 miles north of Boston.