Authorities: New Hampshire officer shot to death

Associated Press
In this frame grab from television helicopter video, a police SWAT team, left, is parked on the lawn of a home in Brentwood, N.H., as it explodes in flames, Monday May 12, 2014. Shots were fired just before the fire, which involved a police officer, according to the New Hampshire State Police. (AP Photo/WCVB-TV 5) TV OUT
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In this frame grab from television helicopter video, a police SWAT team, left, is parked on the lawn of a home in Brentwood, N.H., as it explodes in flames, Monday May 12, 2014. Shots were fired just before the fire, which involved a police officer, according to the New Hampshire State Police. (AP Photo/WCVB-TV 5) TV OUT

BRENTWOOD, N.H. (AP) — Authorities say a New Hampshire police officer was shot to death after he responded to a domestic disturbance at a home that later exploded and burned.

The gunman is presumed dead in the ensuing blaze.

Attorney General Joseph Foster says Monday night 48-year-old Steven Arkell of Brentwood was shot to death when he answered the call in a suburban neighborhood.

After the shooting, the house burst into flames. A massive explosion blew the front off the house and within an hour, it was leveled.

Foster says 47-year-old Michael Nolan, the son of the homeowner, is the suspected gunman. He is presumed dead.

A third person was taken to a hospital.

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