N.H. officer dies 1 day after shooting

Officer Down: Michael Briggs - [Manchester, New Hampshire]


Biographical Info

Age: 35

Additional Info: Officer Michael Briggs had served with the Manchester Police Department for 5 years.  He is survived by his wife and two children.

Incident Details

Cause of Death: Briggs succumbed to a gunshot wound inflicted while responding to a domestic disturbance call.

Date of Incident: October 16, 2006


N.H. officer dies 1 day after shooting

By Katharine Webster
The Associated Press

A police officer shot while responding to a domestic disturbance has died, and the attorney general vowed to charge the suspect with capital murder and seek the death penalty.

Dozens of fellow officers stood vigil at the hospital where officer Michael Briggs, 35, died Tuesday, a day after he was gunned down while approaching a suspect in a dark alley.

Briggs was shot as police sought Michael "Stix" Addison, 26, on a reckless conduct warrant that stemmed from Addison being with a gunman who fired shots at an apartment building in Manchester early Sunday. Neighbors said the shots narrowly missed a father and son.

The handgun used to shoot Briggs, a city police officer for five years, was found near the scene. Police Chief John Jaskolka said Briggs' gun was still in its holster, but two other officers returned fire.

The suspect led SWAT teams on a search through downtown Manchester and prompted school lockdowns before he was arrested in Boston Monday night.

Addison was arraigned Tuesday and ordered held on $2 million bail while he fights extradition to New Hampshire, where he is charged with attempted murder. Addison's public defender argued unsuccessfully for lower bail.

Attorney General Kelly Ayotte said she would upgrade the charge following the officer's death, and Gov. John Lynch expressed "full support" for her to seek the death penalty.

New Hampshire's last execution was 67 years ago and no one is on death row.

"Our hearts are broken by the loss of Michael. He was a wonderful son, husband, father, brother and friend," his family said in a statement through the hospital.

"It is a great honor to know that he was loved by so many."

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