AUBURN – An armed 59-year-old New Hampshire man has been pronounced dead after being shot during an altercation with Auburn Police officers on Wednesday.
According to Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr., Joseph Loughery, of Dublin, NH, was shot by Auburn police officers after he ignored repeated commands by the officers to disarm — including “drop the gun,” “don’t do it,” and “let us help you.”
Loughery was approached by officers at about 1:15 PM at the Shell gas station at 380 Southbridge St. on Wednesdaywhile he was sitting in a pickup truck.
Loughery was holding a sawed-off .22-calliber rifle and moving his arms while officers shouted for him to disarm. The officers were not injured during the confrontation.
Loughery was transported to the UMass Memorial Medical in Worcester where he was later pronounced dead. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner is expected to perform an autopsy today.
A relative of Loughery had called Dublin Police at about 11 AM requesting a welfare check on Loughery. The relative had earlier contacted the Dublin Police indicating that Loughery was missing. Using a cell phone application, the relative was able to track the vehicle to Auburn. Auburn Police were notified to be on the lookout for the pickup truck.
The officers involved in the incident have been placed on administrative leave based on department policy while the investigation continues.
The State Police Detectives assigned to the Worcester County District Attorney’s Office, State Police Crime Scene Services, State Police Firearm Identification Section, State Police Crime Lab, and Auburn Police are investigating.