Deaths in Rochester and Dover, New Hampshire Top Tuesday’s Headlines
New Hampshire authorities have released more information regarding the officer-involved shooting in Rochester Monday afternoon.
A joint statement from Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald, New Hampshire Police Colonel Christopher J. Wagner, and Rochester Police Chief Paul Toussaint in part reads:
On August 15, 2018, Rochester Police issued an Officer Safety Briefing Form indicating that there was “credible information” that Douglas Heath, 38, was staying at a location in Rochester, “may be in possession of ‘3 firearms’” and that Mr. Heath “has no intention of going to jail.” Mr. Heath had several warrants including one for trafficking narcotics and one for fleeing from Maine State Police. Shortly after 3:00 p.m. today police saw Mr. Heath’s car. A short time later, a pursuit followed. At approximately 3:15 p.m., Mr. Heath’s car crashed at the intersection of Oak Street and Route 125. Two Rochester Officers and two State Troopers were on scene. Mr. Heath exited his vehicle from the passenger side and an exchange of gun fire occurred. Mr. Heath was struck by gunfire and died at the scene. A gun was found near his body.
Dover, New Hampshire police have arrested a 44-year-old man in connection with the deaths of two people. Authorities say Jeramie Colella was taken into custody and charged with the death of his wife, Joanna Colella and his father, Francis Colella. The bodies were discovered in the Tideview Drive section of Dover. Colella is expected to be in court this afternoon.