Suspect Killed in Police-Involved Shooting in NH

A suspect was killed Monday in a shootout with police in Rochester, New Hampshire, according to officials.

Attorney General Gordon MacDonald announced Monday night that 38-year-old Douglas Heath was killed in an "exchange of gunfire" with police after crashing at the intersection of Oak Street and Route 125.

"Mr. Heath was struck by gunfire and died at the scene," MacDonald said in a press conference. "A gun was found near his body."

The violent scene happened right in front of Austin McKenzie, who noticed there was trouble when a driver went past him.

"A car flew past me going 50-60 miles an hour," he said. "A police SUV was coming up from behind with their lights on."

After the crash, MacDonald grabbed his phone and recorded the gunfight that ensued.

"The guy rolled out of the car wielding a handgun and started firing off a couple of shots," McKenzie said. "He was endangering the lives of police officers."

"It's definitely not something you want to see so close to home," another resident, who did not want to provide his name, told NBC10 Boston.

Two Rochester Police officers and two New Hampshire State Police troopers were involved in the incident. None were injured, and MacDonald said they will all be placed on administrative leave.

McKenzie says Heath fired first and police fired multiple times in response.

"He 100 percent had it coming," McKenzie said. "I don't know what happened beforehand or anything like that, but coming out of the car like that ... you can't do something like that and expect it to be a good outcome."

Heath had warrants for trafficking narcotics and fleeing from Maine State Police, according to MacDonald.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to call 603-271-3636.

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