Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 22 years
Badge # Not available
Incident Date: 8/19/1997
Weapon: Rifle; Automatic
Suspect: Shot and killed
Troopers Leslie Lord and Scott Phillips were shot and killed after Trooper Phillips had stopped a vehicle.
The suspect immediately exited his vehicle and opened fire on Trooper Phillips with an automatic rifle, wounding him in the hand. Trooper Phillips was able to return fire and emptied his entire magazine but did not wound the suspect, who was wearing a bullet proof vest.
Trooper Lord pulled up to the scene without knowing that shots had been fired and was shot before he exited his patrol car. The suspect then returned and shot Trooper Phillips four more times, execution style, killing him. He then stole Trooper Phillips' patrol car and drove to the office of a local newspaper where he shot and killed a part-time judge, with whom he had a long standing grudge, and a newspaper editor who had tried to intervene.
The suspect then drove into Vermont where he shot and wounded a New Hampshire Fish and Game officer who attempted to stop him. The officer's life was saved when a bullet struck his badge and ricocheted off. The suspect then stopped the patrol car and setup an ambush. Two Vermont state troopers located the patrol car and approached it with a canine unit. The canine alerted the troopers to the suspect who was in an ambush position on a nearby hill, giving the officers an opportunity to take cover as the suspect opened fire on them from the hill. Two New Hampshire state troopers and a United State Border Patrol agent were all shot and wounded in the final shootout with the suspect at that location.
Upon searching the suspect's property, officials found massive caches of booby trapped bomb materials and weapons hidden in underground tunnels.
Trooper Lord was the chief of police in Pittsburg, New Hampshire, from 1975 to 1987. In 1987, he joined the Bureau of Highway Enforcement, and became a trooper in 1996 when that agency merged with the New Hampshire State Police. He had also been the fire chief of his local volunteer fire department.
Related Line of Duty Deaths
Trooper Scott Edward Phillips