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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I was only a small child of 10 when you left us. But I still remember that night, we just left Lake st. Fire station after saying goodnight to my dad. And my mom saw all the cars heading that way. She was curious so she followed. We were just a few hundred yard away when an officer said,"Get outta here lady!" Then I remember hearing the gun fire as we were leaving. RIP sir

G L Odell

March 15, 2020

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