Suspect in Bellows Falls armed robbery dies in New Hampshire after chase
By Susan Smallheer
Staff Writer | March 30,2013
Troop C Lt. J. Maslan on the scene on Upper Walpole Rd. on Friday.
WALPOLE, N.H. — An armed man believed to have robbed a store in downtown Bellows Falls, Vt., was dead minutes later Friday afternoon after reportedly being shot by police.
New Hampshire news outlets said the man was dead, and that a police officer was believed to be involved. The Associated Press reported that New Hampshire State Police were investigating a “police-involved shooting.”
The armed robbery took place at 4:18 p.m. Friday at the Snow and Lear Newton office supply store on the Square in Bellows Falls. The robber made off with an undisclosed amount of cash, according to Bellows Falls Police Chief Ron Lake. The store clerk was not hurt.
New Hampshire State Police and local emergency officials staffed roadblocks on Upper Walpole Road, a two-lane road that splits off Route 12 in back of the Shaw’s Plaza and parallels Route 12. Walpole is directly across the Connecticut River from Bellows Falls.
An officer at one of the roadblocks said New Hampshire State Police had taken over the investigation from Walpole Police. He said a police briefing wouldn’t be held for hours, as the case was still being investigated.
WMUR-TV reported that the New Hampshire attorney general was on his way to the scene in Walpole, a move that is typically reserved for police shootings.
Bellows Falls Police said a man wearing a dark mask entered the office supply store, showed the clerk a gun and demanded money.
Police said the robber made off with an undisclosed amount of money.
Witnesses in the Square saw the man flee from the store and get into a dark truck parked a short distance away, according to police.
He was seen speeding away from the downtown area and crossed into New Hampshire, and officers there gave chase.
Snow and Lear was closed Friday evening, and there was no indication that a robbery had taken place a couple of hours earlier.
But a large number of police cruisers were seen traveling around the area in New Hampshire.
Lake declined to comment beyond his statement, saying New Hampshire State Police was the lead agency in the case.