BRENTWOOD, N.H. (WHDH) -
The day after a police officer was killed while responding to a domestic dispute, family members of the alleged shooter are speaking out.
Police said they believe Michael Nolan was at his 86-year-old father’s house Monday when he shot Brentwood Police Officer Steve Arkell.
“Michael was sort of like reclusive. He was somebody who they felt like they needed to protect,” Nolan’s brother-in-law Richard Florino said.
Florino said he was watching TV with his wife when the events began to unfold that ended with Nolan’s death during a fire and explosion inside the house.
Former neighbors of the Nolans say they did not know Michael well, but they never had any problems.
“I’ve never found him aggressive toward me or never seen him be aggressive,” Spiro Konstantopoulos said.
Nolan’s father was able to escape.
“He’s got superficial injuries, like he’s got bruises all over his arms I guess. Police officers told us he may have had to crawl out of the house, his arms were sore,” Florino said.
Now Nolan’s family and the rest of the Brentwood community are mourning the loss of one of their town’s first responders.
“We’re distraught over the fact that there are two girls in high school right now who don’t have a dad, who are going to go through their life not having a dad and going through their marriage. That’s heartbreaking to see that a police officer went to work yesterday doing his job, trying to do the right thing and this happens to him. We’re just heartbroken,” he said.
Florino said there are two victims, his father-in-law who lost everything and the Officer Arkell’s family.