Acting Chief Armand J. Roussel

Acting Chief Armand J. Roussel

Nashua Police Department, New Hampshire

End of Watch Wednesday, October 27, 1971

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Armand J. Roussel

Acting Chief Roussel succumbed to injuries received twelve days earlier while negotiating with a hostage taker. A parolee had taken a passerby hostage and demanded to speak with the chief of police. Acting Chief Roussel, who was unarmed, began talking to the suspect when the man suddenly sprang up and shot him three times at point blank range. Two shots struck him in the chest and a third struck him near his spine. Other officers on the scene returned fire, killing the suspect.


  • Age 50
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Friday, October 15, 1971
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Chief Rouesel, it has been 45 years since you were taken from us. New Hampshire law enforcement has continued to thrive, learn and become safer due to the traditions and sacrifices you, your family, and many others have made for us. Thank you for your law enforcement service.

Chief (Ret) Steven Marshall
Georges Mills, NH

October 27, 2023

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