Officer Steve Arkell Brentwood Police Department End Of Watch: May 12, 2014

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Officer Steve Arkell

Brentwood Police Department

End Of Watch: May 12, 2014

Biographical Info

Age: 48
Tour of Duty: 12 Years
Badge Number: 87

Cause of Death: Gunfire

Date of Incident: May 12, 2014
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Info: Decseased

Agency Contact Information

Chief of Police Wayne Robinson
Brentwood Police Department
1 Dalton Rd
Brentwood, NH 03833
Phone: (603) 642-8817
Fax: (603) 642-3165

Officer Steve Arkell, 48, died after being taken to the hospital in serious condition after he was shot around 4 p.m. when responding to a Brentwood, N.H., duplex. The gunman, Michael Nolan, 47, also died, and more than an hour later, the home began to smoke and catch fire before exploding, quickly burning down the entire house Monday afternoon. Patrolman Stephen Arkell was shot and killed after responding to a domestic dispute at a home on Mill Pond Road.

He had entered the home with other officers when a male subject opened fire, killing him. The other officers were forced to retreat from the home because of the gunfire.


BRENTWOOD, N.H. — A New Hampshire police officer was shot to death after he responded to a domestic disturbance at a home that later exploded and burned, authorities said Monday.

The gunman was presumed dead in the ensuing blaze.

Attorney General Joseph Foster said late Monday night 48-year-old Stephen Arkell of Brentwood was shot to death when he answered the call in a suburban neighborhood for people older than 55.

After the shooting, the house burst into flames. A massive explosion blew the front off the house and within an hour, it was leveled.

Foster said Michael Nolan, 47, the son of the homeowner, is the suspected gunman. He is presumed dead.

“The entire State of New Hampshire is in mourning over the tragic loss of Brentwood Officer Steve Arkell,” said Gov. Maggie Hassan. “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. 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.”

Debra Vasapolli, director of public relations at Exeter Hospital, said that one person was taken to the hospital but said that person was not the victim of a gunshot wound. She declined to provide more details.

Neighbor Wayne Hughes told the Portsmouth Press-Herald that police responded to the house after neighbors heard an argument Monday afternoon and called 911. His wife, Susan, said that she saw a police officer arrive at the home and then heard “rapid gun fire.”

She said she saw Walter Nolan, 86, being taken from the scene by ambulance before she was evacuated from the area. Public records indicate the house is owned by Nolan and he apparently lived in the home with his son.

After the blaze started around 4 p.m., firefighters were kept away from the scene.

Aerial coverage from WMUR-TV shows flames burning through the roof of the house and an explosion punching out the front of the house shortly after 5:30 p.m. Within minutes of the explosion, the house was engulfed in flames as black smoke billowed over the neighborhood.

After firefighters started attacking the blaze around 6 p.m., the fire was largely knocked down about a half hour later and it didn’t appear to have spread to neighboring houses.


Patrolman Arkell had served with the Brentwood Police Department for 12 years. He was survived by his wife and two daughters.


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