Deceased Enfield man was shot four times by state trooper late Saturday afternoon

Completion of autopsy moves the investigation forward a step

CANAAN, NH - New Hampshire authorities have identified the man who was shot to death by a New Hampshire State Trooper late Saturday afternoon in a field near the intersection of Route 4 and Switch Road.

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       Jesse J. Champney, 26, of Enfield was shot a total of four times with one of those shots fatally wounding Mr. Champney and leaving him dead at the scene despite initial efforts by first responders to resuscitate him.

    The state trooper who opened fire was not injured and has since been placed on administrative leave while the New Hampshire Major Crimes Unit conducts an investigation into the officer-involved shooting.

    The New Hampshire Attorney General's Office noted that while the autopsy conducted early Saturday by New Hampshire Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Jennie V. Duval ruled that the manner of Champney's death was a homicide that simply means that in a medical sense one person was killed by another.

    "Additional details regarding the gunshot wounds will be provided as soon as possible while still protecting the integrity of the investigation," the attorney general's office said in a statement Saturday, adding, "The exact circumstances surrounding this incident remain actively under investigation."

Jesse J. Champney, 26, of Enfield has been identified as the man who was shot dead Saturday afternoon

    Champney was arrested by Lebanon Police over a year ago, in May of 2016, after detectives said he agreed to sell heroin to one of their confidential informants.  

    At the time, police said that when Champney, who was out on parole, showed up for what he allegedly thought was going to be a drug transaction they confronted him and he fled on foot before being quickly apprehended and charged with a felony count of possession of heroin with intent to sell and misdemeanor resisting arrest.

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