Attorney General s Office Still Mum on Officer Shooting

More than a week after one Concord police officer shot another inside a vacant bank, the state Attorney General's Office still has not detailed what happened or made a preliminary finding.

The shooting happened about 4:30 a.m. during a training session inside a Granite State Credit Union branch under construction on Sheep Davis Road and appears to be accidental, a law enforcement source said yesterday.

The officer who was hit was wearing a bulletproof vest and suffered minor injuries.

Four Concord police officers were in the building May 1 when one officer shot another in the chest, state officials have said.

To date, state officials investigating the case have refused to say why the officers were in the bank, which is not expected to open to the public until late this month or in early June.

Senior Assistant Attorney General Jeffery A. Strelzin has said the four officers were the only people inside the building at the time and the shooting did not occur while they were pursuing a suspect or making an arrest.

Strelzin yesterday said he expects to release a preliminary report in the next several days.

"We're simply going to take the time that's necessary to complete our investigation," Strelzin said, when asked why the investigation has gone more than a week without a preliminary finding.

Strelzin has said his office, which investigates officer-involved shootings, typically releases a preliminary report within 48 hours.

Strelzin would not comment on whether the shooting occurred during a training session involving the four officers or whether it appears to be accidental.

"I'm not going to comment on any of the scenarios," Strelzin said.

Strelzin has said the investigation was delayed when the prosecutor was called to assist in the investigation of a Nashua murder on May 2.

Concord police have refused to comment on the case, referring inquiries to the Attorney General's Office.

State Attorney General Kelly A. Ayotte did not immediately return a call for comment yesterday.

Denise Caristi, president and chief executive officer of Granite State Credit Union, has said bank officials were notified of the shooting the morning it occurred but were not told why the officers were inside the bank.

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