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An investigation into the fatal shooting of a security contractor and a police officer outside a New Hampshire space force base has ruled the shooting was justified because the man was armed.
A Use of the Force Review Board conducted by the Department of Defense, Security Forces, the Office of the Judge Advocate General and the Air Force Office of Special Investigations found that 33-year-old Michael Foley was in possession of a gas gun, a propane gun. , and a knife when he was fatally shot outside New Boston Air Force Station in May, according to Military.com.
Space Force spokesman Stephen Brady said Foley was shot “when he approached the NBSFS gate armed with a knife and a gun and made threatening gestures toward an NBSFS contracted police officer.” It is considered a potential threat.”
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New Hampshire’s Deputy Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Michelle Weinberg said Foley was killed by a “single gunshot wound” and the “manner of death was homicide.”
Army security contractor Peter White, who was one of the officers at the scene where Foley was shot, “acted within the scope of authority, current policy and current procedures regarding the use of force,” Brady said.
New Boston Police Officer Shane Morton, who is being investigated by the New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office, was also at the scene. Both officers fired their weapons, though it is unclear whether White or Morton fired the fatal shot.
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Police have not revealed Foley’s motive in the case. The New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office and the Air Force Office of Special Investigations did not immediately respond to a Fox News request for comment on the case.