Granite State authorities are investigating after a Belmont, N.H., police officer shot and killed a wanted man who allegedly pulled a gun on him during a confrontation outside a gas station, officials said.
The deadly encounter began about 2:50 p.m. yesterday, when a Belmont cop spotted Joseph Mazzitelli, 46, outside the Irving gas station on Plummer Hill Road in Belmont, New Hampshire Attorney General Gordon MacDonald said. After confirming Mazzitelli had an outstanding warrant, MacDonald said the officer approached Mazzitelli and opened fire when he pulled out a gun.
MacDonald said Mazzitelli was rushed to Lakes Region General Hospital, where he later died.
The officer, who was also taken to the hospital for observation, has been placed on administrative leave while the shooting is investigated, MacDonald said. A formal interview with the officer is expected to take place early this week.
MacDonald said there were at least 11 witnesses at the gas station at the time of the shooting, which was captured by surveillance cameras. The cop, he said, wasn’t wearing a body camera and Belmont police cruisers aren’t equipped with dash cameras.
Anyone with information about the incident or who had contact with Mazzitelli is urged to call New Hampshire state police at 603-223-8849 or 603-223-4381.