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Fires inside Brentwood duplex were intentional

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One week after an officer was shot in Brentwood, N.H. and a home explosion killed the suspect investigators are releasing new details in what happened.

Federal investigators said they have looked into what lead up to Officer Steve Arkell’s decision to approach the home and they believe he followed protocol.

“What we found was that nothing he did, not only was it not wrong but it was exemplary. He could have absolutely received that call and chosen to wait for someone to come with him to enter that house. For whatever reason he made the decision to enter the house on his own and in doing so saved the life of whoever would have been with him,” N.H. State Police Sgt. Joseph Ebert said.

Ebert also said that Arkell was wearing a bulletproof vest as he approached the home.

Investigators discovered a total of 6 guns and a significant amount of ammunition inside the condo where the suspect, Michael Nolan, lived with his father.

They said it appears as if Nolan intentionally started several fires inside the home and that one of his gunshots may have pierced a gas line in the basement which ultimately lead to the explosion.

Neighbors called 911 after they heard Nolan arguing with his father, but the father has been unable to give his account of what was happening inside the home.

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