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June 27, 2013

AG: Fatal shooting of Derry man justified

Shooting justified

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Peters told police he didn’t try to shoot Larocque during their struggle and the report said that gunshot did not appear to hit him.

“Help me,” Larocque said to Peters at one point during the struggle, before collapsing.

“Peters could see that Larocque was bleeding profusely at that point, so Peters called 911 for help,” the report said.

Investigators determined Peters’s fiancee was receiving confrontational and threatening text messages prior to the home invasion. Larocque was an acquaintance of someone the fiancee knew, the report said.

“Based on the text messages that went back and forth that night, as well as other information gleaned during the investigation, it appears that Ian Peters was specifically targeted that night and that the intruders’ intent was to physically harm him,” the report said.

Larocque died from wounds to the arm and abdomen.

Neither the Attorney General nor the Manchester police have identified the second intruder.

“As for the home invasion itself, the Manchester Police Department is continuing to investigate that part of the incident in an attempt to hold the other home invader and any other participants accountable for their roles in the events,” the report said.

The Attorney General acknowledged the amount of information released in the report was limited to protect the integrity of the ongoing investigation.

LaRocque was living in Manchester at the time of his death.

He was a standout running back with Pinkerton’s back-to-back state champions in 2006 and 2007.

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