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


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

Weapon: Rifle; .30-.30

Offender: 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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In our current troubled times for the brave men and women who wear the badge of honor I wanted you and your family to know that many of us greatly appreciate your sacrifice. 21 years may have passed but you are not forgotten Sarge. You set a great example for a young trooper to follow.

TFC Charles Hanson
Retired, NH State Police
May 23, 2015


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