Woman killed by New Hampshire state trooper after car chase



The car Wendy Lawrence was in when she was shot and killed by a New Hampshire state trooper (MyFoxBoston.com)

October 03, 2013

The New Hampshire Attorney General’s office said Wednesday that it is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 45-year-old woman who was shot by state troopers in a residential area of the state’s largest city Monday night.

Officials said that Wendy Lawrence, of Canterbury, New Hampshire, was shot four times and died of a gunshot wound to the chest in Manchester. The shooting was the conclusion of a police chase that began earlier Monday evening when Lawrence was stopped by a state trooper for driving erratically on Interstate 89.

According to the official release, Lawrence gave the officer a non-driver’s license ID and claimed she had a valid license. But when the officer returned to his car to radio for a record check, Lawrence pulled back onto the highway and drove away.

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2 dead, 5 injured in Salinas taco restaurant shooting

Salinas had 3 homicides in 3 hours

(Aug. 4, 2013)    KSBW / Jimmy Celaya


SALINAS, Calif. —There were three homicides within three hours in Salinas.

A brawl broke out at 1:38 a.m. Monday inside Tacos Choice restaurant at 608 Williams Road. When the fight spilled outside into a parking lot, a man pulled out a gun and began firing at the crowd.

Two men were shot dead. A 25-year-old man was critically wounded and police found him at the corner of Bardin and Williams roads. He was still alive Monday morning. Four more victims were treated at local hospitals for non-life-threatening injuries.

The Central Coast does not have a trauma center, and helicopters could not fly any victims to Bay Area trauma centers because it was too foggy to fly.

The deadly brawl was gang-related, according to detectives.

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‘Body is burned, incinerated, like I’ve never seen before’

Did an Oklahoma man ignite from spontaneous human combustion?

That’s the big question authorities are trying to determine as they’re ruling out homicide, but not spontaneous combustion in the death of Danny Vanzandt, 65.

“It’s very unusual and it’s bizarre and I can’t explain it,” Sequoyah County Sheriff Ron Lockhart told KFSM-TV.

Preliminary autopsy results were released to authorities Feb. 19.

“There is some burning I guess in the trachea, so the cause of death is gone be probably heat and smoke inhalation,” Lockhart said.

He told reporters it’s possible the victim burned for some 10 hours.

“The body is burned, incinerated, like I’ve never seen before and it’s some kind of chemical reaction or something the way I can see it,” he said.

Last Monday, Vanzandt’s body was sent to the state medical examiner’s office in Tulsa for an autopsy after emergency crews responded to his home the same morning.

The badly burned man was found dead in the kitchen by fire crews, and Lockhart says indications suggest spontaneous human combustion as the cause of death, as no nearby items or furniture around the body were burned.

The sheriff also says there were no signs of a struggle. The body was discovered by Vanzandt’s brother and stepson.

“The body was burned and it was incinerated,” Lockhart said. “This is a case that I’ve never seen before.”

When pressed by reporters if he was serious about it possibly being a case of spontaneous combustion, he said yes, adding: “I think there’s only about 200 cases worldwide, and I’m not saying this happened. I’m just saying that we haven’t ruled it out.”

Lockhart noted the victim was an alcoholic as well as a smoker.

“We wasn’t saying the guy just busted into flames, you know there’s gotta have an ignition source and that’s what we’re looking at is an ignition source such as lighting a cigarette and catches himself on fire, sucks the flames down his throat, and falls down,” Lockhart said.


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