On Monday, a New Hampshire police officer was killed while responding to a disturbance call. When police and media began to swarm around the house where the officer was killed, the home mysteriously exploded on live television, killing the shooter inside.
According to reports, 48-year-old Brentwood Police officer Stephen Arkell was responding to a call after an argument between 47-year-old Michael Nolan and his 86-year-old father Walter at their home. The younger Nolan had reportedly attacked his father. Arkell was shot dead by Nolan in front of the house and another officer “was driven out by gunfire,” according to officials.
As SWAT teams responded after gun shots were reported, so did media choppers, just in time to catch a fire started by Nolan. After the fire raged for 15 minutes, the home exploded. Police believe Nolan was killed in the fire. His father was safely taken away from the home and no other officers were injured.
The fire raged for some time, sending embers throughout the neighborhood, which is a community for the elderly. Fire fighters were able to stop the fire and nearby homes didn’t suffer any damage.
“Officer Arkell bravely answered the call of duty and made the ultimate sacrifice, a heroic demonstration of his commitment to the safety of his fellow citizens,” said New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan. “Like so many of our first responders do on a daily basis, Officer Arkell courageously put his life on the line to protect others, and in doing so, was tragically taken far too soon.”
Arkell served on the force for 15 years and is survived by his two teenage daughters.