BRENTWOOD, N.H. (AP) - Authorities say a New Hampshire police officer fatally shot by a man who died in a roaring house fire never had the chance to draw his weapon, and a second officer found him on the ground before escaping from gunfire.
The gunman, 47-year-old Michael Nolan, was presumed dead after the fire and an explosion demolished the home in Brentwood Monday.
Authorities said Officer Stephen Arkell answered a domestic dispute call, asked Nolan's 86-year-old father, Walter, for permission to enter, and was gunned down almost immediately.
Minutes later, Officer Derek Franek went in, found Arkell motionless, and believed he was dead. He ran out the back door as more shots were fired.
Authorities said police had never been called to the house before and that Nolan had no criminal record.