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AG finds Manchester officers justified in shots fired during chase June 3

MANCHESTER - New Hampshire Attorney General Joseph A. Foster has found that Manchester police officers were justified in opening fire on a Jeep in an attempt to stop the driver from continuing a car chase through downtown on June 3.

Foster said Wednesday that the officers involved in the shooting had reason to fear for the public safety as well as their own after the driver rammed a police SUV and accelerated toward officers who were on foot.

The first shots took out a tire in the Jeep, but the driver continued with the chase and more shots were fired into the vehicle. Christopher Varagianis was hit twice in the leg and was eventually taken into custody after the Jeep was boxed in by police vehicles on Merrimack Street.

Varagianis faces felony charges of attempted first-degree assault and two counts of reckless conduct. He also faces misdemeanors of disobeying a police officer and resisting arrest.


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