Investigators: Homeowner shoots worker, turns gun on self

AP News
Posted: May 25, 2016 1:06 AM

LONDONDERRY, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire man fatally shot a heating oil company employee who came to his house to do work before trying to kill himself and engaging in an hours-long standoff with police, authorities said.

"What looks like happened is, the homeowner shot a person who came into the home to perform some services, and then he turned the gun on himself, so it looks like it was an intended murder-suicide," said Senior Assistant Attorney General Jeffery Strelzin.

Police and SWAT team members responded to the home in Londonderry on Tuesday. The neighborhood was evacuated and several schools were placed on lockdown due to the police activity in the area.

Neighbors told police that a City Fuel van pulled up to the home and they heard gunfire a short time later. Investigators said the employee was killed. The homeowner was taken to a hospital in Massachusetts, where he was listed in critical condition.

Investigators did not immediately release their names.

Neighbors described the homeowner as paranoid.

"Delusional-type talking and handing out pamphlets saying that he's on terrorist watch lists," Don Charette told Boston's WBZ-TV.

They said he moved into the neighborhood in 2012 and handed out letters in which he allegedly claimed to be under government surveillance.

Kurt Kiley lives across the street. He told the television station that he was "not surprised" to see police action at the home.

It was unclear what sparked the shooting.