Edgar Cavazos was found shot inside his home by a police officer in Hampton, New Hampshire on Wednesday morning
An investigation has begun after an 18-year-old man was shot and killed by a police officer in Hampton, New Hampshire, in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
Edgar Cavazos was found by a police officer on Palm Street at around 3am with “obvious signs of trauma”. He was taken to nearby Londonderry hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
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David Sabourin, chief deputy state attorney general, said the officer involved in the shooting was a member of the New Hampshire state police.
Sabourin said officers saw a man with a pistol, pointing it at someone in a neighbouring apartment. The police officer then fired his gun at the suspect, who was located at the back of the apartment where Cavazos was found.
Police said the shooting followed “several weeks of threats against other people” from the suspect, who had a history of substance abuse.
“The entire New Hampshire community is appalled and deeply troubled by what happened last night,” state police Col. Michael Cotton said. “This is the worst of the worst.”
Cayla M. Dumas, 18, also faces charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm. She has been jailed on $75,000 bond.