Man Killed By New Hampshire Police Was Wanted In Maine
A man who was shot and killed by New Hampshire police this week had been sought in connection with a Maine police pursuit.
Public Safety spokesman Steve McCausland says Douglas Heath died Monday, when he was spotted by police in Rochester, New Hampshire. Officers chased his vehicle for about 20 minutes before he crashed. Heath then got out of the vehicle, according to police, and there was an exchange of gunfire. He died at the scene and police say a gun was found next to his body.
On June 11th, Sanford Police attempted to pull over Heath's car because officers knew he had an arrest warrant issued for him out of New Hampshire on a drug charge. He led Sanford and State Police on a chase along Route 202, from Sanford to Lebanon, but the pursuit was terminated because of concerns for the public's safety and because police knew who the driver was.
Heath's car was later tracked down to a residence on Second Street in Lebanon, where he was living at the time, but he wasn't home. Police later learned that he had fled on foot and had most likely been picked up by a vehicle and left the area. He was charged with eluding an officer.