CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A police officer’s deadly force was justified when he shot and killed a knife-wielding teenager with mental health issues on New Year’s Day, 2023, New Hampshire’s attorney general said Thursday. Two Gilford Police officers were responding to a 911 call from 17-year-old Mischa Pataski-Fay’s mother. She said she feared for the safety of her 86-year-old husband, who had locked himself in a home office while she sought help, according to investigators. Ben Agati, a senior assistant attorney general, laid out a detailed sequence of events leading up to the teenager’s death, bolstered by bodycam footage from Sgt. Douglas Wall, who fired the fatal shot, and officer Nathan Ayotte. The findings mean the officers, who are already back to work, likely won’t face charges.
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