Police officer dies in shooting before N.H. home explosion

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BRENTWOOD, N.H. (AP) — A domestic dispute led to the shooting death of a southern New Hampshire police officer before the home he responded to burst into flames and exploded, authorities said.

The gunman, identified as 47-year-old Michael Nolan, was later presumed dead in the explosion and fire that followed the shooting.

State Attorney General Joseph Foster said late Monday night 48-year-old Brentwood Police Officer Stephen Arkell answered the domestic dispute call about 4 p.m. Monday and was shot to death when he arrived at the house.

About an hour later, the house burst into flames and video showed fire eating through the roof of the modern, yellow building. Firefighters were kept away from the scene and soon a massive explosion blew the front off the house. Within an hour, it was leveled.

A third person, possibly Nolan’s father, was hospitalized.

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Aerial footage shows flames eating through the roof of a southern New Hampshire home on May 13, 2014. A police officer was shot to death while responding to the home on a domestic dispute call. About an hour later, the house went up in flames.