- Associated Press - Thursday, November 5, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire’s attorney general says two Merrimack officers were justified in using deadly force against a man who charged at them with a knife.

Attorney General Joseph Foster said Thursday that 23-year-old Harrison Lambert created a dangerous situation.

Lambert’s parents told investigators that Lambert was mentally ill and his condition had deteriorated in the days leading up to the Sept. 3 shooting. The night before the shooting, they said Lambert stood before them tapping a knife, scaring them to the point where they locked themselves in their bedroom.

The next day, Lambert’s father, Gregory Lambert, called police to say his son was threatening him with a knife and trying to force his way into their bedroom. He later told investigators that when he told his son police were on the way, he replied, “I’m going to show them, I am not going down easy.”

Lambert was outside the house when the officers arrived, and refused officers’ orders to drop the knife. Instead he charged at them.

Merrimack Lt. Matthew Tartleton told investigators that Lambert’s expression was “determined” and “crazy.” He said that he and Officer William Gudzinowicz both fired, hitting Lambert five times. Lambert died at the hospital.

Foster said Lambert was known to the Merrimack Police Department and that all three responding officers on Sept. 3 could readily recall past contact with him, including resisting arrest, a foot pursuit involving a knife, and a suicide attempt.


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