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Officer Michael Briggs
Manchester Police Department
Officer Michael Briggs - 35 years
On the Night of October 16, 2006 at about 2:45 a.m. Bicycle Patrol Officer Michael Briggs, 35 and Officer John Breckinridge his partner were on bicycle patrol and want to the area of Lincoln Street, between Lake Avenue and Central Street in Manchester to investigate reports of gunshots being fired during a domestic incident. Briggs and the other officer were looking for Michael "Stix" Addison, 26, of Manchester, when they spotted him with another man. Addison turned and allegedly shot Briggs, in the head.
Briggs was taken by ambulance to Elliot Hospital where he was listed in critical and "very grave" condition. Officer Briggs died from his wounds the next day, October 17,2006.
About 15 hours after the shooting, Addison, of Manchester was arrested at his grandmother's house in Dorchester section of Boston MA. Manchester Police escorted Addison back to the Queen City on November 6, 2006 after he waived extradition at the district court in Dorchester, Mass.. Addison was arranged in Manchester District Court on Capital Murder charge in the slaying of Officer Michael Briggs.
Briggs was one of four Manchester officers honored last year with New Hampshire Hero Awards. On July 25, 2004, the four helped 19 people escape a burning apartment building at 418 Union St., a few blocks from where he was gunned down.
He has been with the department for five years and previously worked as a correctional officer at the Valley Street jail. He also had worked part-time for the Epsom Police Department from 1996 to 2001.