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New Hampshire Officer Dies from Injuries in Shooting

Funeral Information Below


Updated: October 19th, 2006 03:14 PM PDT




AP Photo/Jim Cole

Officers gather outside the police station after learning a fellow officer Michael Briggs has died Oct. 17.


AP Photo/Jim Cole

Manchester police pay respect outside the police station as the flag is lowered to half staff for fallen police Officer Michael Briggs.
By KATHARINE WEBSTER
Associated Press Writer

A police officer shot while responding to a domestic disturbance has died, and the attorney general vowed to charge the suspect with capital murder and seek the death penalty.

Dozens of fellow officers stood vigil at the hospital where officer Michael Briggs, 35, died Tuesday, a day after he was gunned down while approaching a suspect in a dark alley.

Briggs was shot as police sought Michael "Stix" Addison, 26, on a reckless conduct warrant that stemmed from Addison being with a gunman who fired shots at an apartment building in Manchester early Sunday. Neighbors said the shots narrowly missed a father and son.

The handgun used to shoot Briggs, a city police officer for five years, was found near the scene. Police Chief John Jaskolka said Briggs' gun was still in its holster, but two other officers returned fire.

The suspect led SWAT teams on a search through downtown Manchester and prompted school lockdowns before he was arrested in Boston Monday night.

Addison was arraigned Tuesday and ordered held on $2 million bail while he fights extradition to New Hampshire, where he is charged with attempted murder. Addison's public defender argued unsuccessfully for lower bail.

Attorney General Kelly Ayotte said she would upgrade the charge following the officer's death, and Gov. John Lynch expressed "full support" for her to seek the death penalty.

New Hampshire's last execution was 67 years ago and no one is on death row.

"Our hearts are broken by the loss of Michael. He was a wonderful son, husband, father, brother and friend," his family said in a statement through the hospital.

"It is a great honor to know that he was loved by so many."

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Associated Press Writer Beverley Wang contributed to this story.


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Funeral Information

A procession and service open to the public will be held Saturday morning. The public is also invited to calling hours Friday evening at Lambert's Funeral Home at 1799 Elm St.

Law enforcement-only calling hours will be held on Friday at the funeral home from 5 to 6 p.m. Public calling hours will be that evening from 6 to 8 p.m.

On Saturday, a funeral procession will travel from Lamberts Funeral Home to Merchantsauto.com Stadium, formerly known as Fisher Cats Stadium. The procession will begin at 9 a.m.

The procession will pass by Manchester City Hall, the Manchester Police Department and the Hillsborough County House of Correction before ending at the stadium.

The service will begin at 11 a.m.

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