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July 4, 2013

Fatal shooting of former Derry man was justified

Deadly force was justified in the fatal shooting of a former Derry man last month in Manchester, the state Attorney General ruled last week.

Michael J. LaRocque Jr., 24, a former football standout for Pinkerton Academy, died from gunshot wounds suffered during a home invasion.

“In light of all the circumstances, it was reasonable for Ian Peters to believe that the intruders were likely to use any unlawful force against him, his fiance, or her child, in the commission of a burglary or some other felony, inside the apartment,” the Attorney General’s report said.

No criminal charges will be brought against Peters, the report said.

Peters was home in his apartment early Sunday, June 9, when two men he did not recognize forced their way into his Lake Avenue apartment.

“At that time, he thought that the two men might be armed and that he was in a life or death situation,” the report said. “Peters yelled at the two intruders. Both intruders remained silent, did not retreat from the apartment, and advanced toward Peters. Only then did Peters use deadly force against the two intruders.”

When Peters did fire his handgun, he limited his use of force to “what was reasonably necessary under the circumstances,” the Attorney General concluded.

Detectives found five discharged cartridge casings.

It’s unclear from the report when the gunfire wounded Larocque, who was unarmed.

The report said Peters fired at Larocque and the other man when they charged him, but he did not believe he hit them.

The other man fled, then Peters went looking for Larocque, who was trying to get out through a bathroom window.

“Peters told Larocque to get down on the ground and not to move. Instead, Larocque turned and attacked Peters,” the report said. “Peters and Larocque started to physically struggle and during that struggle, Peters’ gun went off.”

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