Fiancee: Man shot by an agent walked away at the time

CANAAN, N. H. – The fiancee of a man shot and killed by a New Hampshire state trooper says that he was away at the time, suggesting that he posed no threat to the officer.

Saeti Tobin tells the Valley News that the 26-year-old Jesse Champney was carried out in order to avoid being sentenced to a term of imprisonment.

She says that she rode with him Saturday night, when the police began following them. The couple’s car crashed in a snow-covered field for Champney head in the direction of the forest.

Trooper Christopher O’toole shot Champney four times in a field, to kill him. O’toole remains on paid administrative leave.

The attorney general’s office, says the shooting are still under investigation.

Tobin says she believes Champney was not armed. She says that he was scared and “wanted to be with his family for the holidays.”


Information from: Lebanon Valley News,

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