Officer Michael Leland Briggs
Manchester Police Department
End of Watch: Tuesday, October 17, 2006
Tour of Duty: 11 years
Badge Number: 83
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: Monday, October 16, 2006
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Info: Apprehended
Officer Michael Briggs succumbed to a gunshot wound inflicted the previous morning when he and his partner responded to a domestic disturbance call.
Both officers were on bicycle patrol and they located one of the participants in an alley at the corner of Lake and Lincoln Streets. Officer Briggs was shot in the head as he was questioning the male subject.
Officer Briggs was transported to Elliott Hospital, where he remained until succumbing to the wound.
The suspect fled the state but was arrested later in the day while hiding in his grandmother's home in Dorchester, Massachusetts. In an odd twist, it was discovered that the suspect was the same man who's life Officer Briggs had saved in 2003 following a shooting.
Officer Briggs was a US Marine Corps veteran and had served with the Manchester Police Department for 5 years. He had previously served as a correctional officer for the Hillsborough County Department of Corrections for 6 years. During his time as a correctional officer he had also served as a part-time officer with the Epsom Police Department.
Officer Briggs is survived by his wife, two sons, parents, and three sisters.