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Sergeant James Stanwood Noyes | New Hampshire State Police, New Hampshire New Hampshire State Police, New Hampshire

Sergeant

James Stanwood Noyes

New Hampshire State Police, New Hampshire

End of Watch: Monday, October 3, 1994

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 40

Tour: 17 years

Badge # 502

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 10/3/1994

Weapon: Rifle; .30-.30

Suspect: Committed suicide

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Sergeant James Noyes, head of the SWAT team, was at home with his family when he heard about a standoff in Gilford, New Hampshire, involving a despondent man who had lost his wife earlier in the year. The suspect was barricaded in his home. Sergeant Noyes responded with the team in the hopes that, as an expert hostage negotiator, he could talk him into putting down his weapon.

While Sergeant Noyes was outside the building speaking to him, the man fired several shots. One shot struck him in the wrist and the second struck him under the left arm, bypassing his vest. The suspect then committed suicide.

Sergeant Noyes had served with the agency for 17 years and was survived by his wife, daughter, and two sons. His oldest son followed in his footsteps and joined the New Hampshire State Police in December 2001.

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I was in the NH Police Academy (104th session) back in 1994. As I recall, all members of this class went to the funeral services as a show of respect for a man that none of us had ever even met...but as you can imagine, it must have made an impression on me, since I am now reflecting of the man after so many years have passed. His passing in such a manner never left my memory. I worked many years as a small town police officer, as a federal officer and retiring as an officer. I never, ever forgot about Jim Noyes. Never.

SGT (Ret)
local/federal
September 17, 2014

 

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