BRENTWOOD, N.H. (AP) — A police officer was involved in a shooting at a home in New Hampshire just before a fire and explosion destroyed the home Monday afternoon, authorities said.
The condition of the officer was unclear Monday after the shooting and explosion in a suburban duplex home in a 55-and-up community in Brentwood shortly after 4 p.m.
State police told numerous media outlets that the shooting involved a police officer.
Debra Vasapolli, director of public relations at Exeter Hospital, said that one person was taken to the hospital but said that person was not the victim of a gunshot wound. She declined to provide more details.
Aerial coverage from WMUR-TV shows flames burning through the roof of the house and an explosion punching out the front of the house shortly after 5:30 p.m.
After the blaze started around 4 p.m., firefighters were kept away from the scene. Within minutes of the explosion, the house was engulfed in flames as black smoke billowed over the neighborhood.
After firefighters started attacking the blaze around 6 p.m., the fire was largely knocked down about a half hour later and it didn’t appear to have spread to neighboring houses.
Public records indicate the house was owned by 86-year-old Walter Nolan.
Calls to the Rockingham County sheriff’s office and state police were not immediately returned. A spokesman for the state attorney general’s office said he didn’t have any updated information.