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NH Town Grieves Following Shootings

Franconia, New Hampshire - May 13, 2007

Flags in Franconia, New Hampshire, flew at half-staff Sunday, lowered in honor of the police officer killed in the line of duty Friday night.

"It's tough when things come down to this," said longtime resident Thayer Cullman. "It's just a terrible tragedy."

Corporal Bruce McKay was shot four times by 24 year-old Liko Kenney in an altercation following a traffic stop on Route 116. Kenney then ran over the officer with his car. He was then shot and killed by a witness who had grabbed the policeman's gun.

The incident has been the talk of the small town all weekend. "It's unfortunate," Cullman said. "Too bad somebody has a bad day and somebody else has a bad at the same time."

"I think hectic would be a good word to use," said Steve Heath, owner of the Franconia Village Store. The store had sold out of every newspaper that covered the shootings. "There have been a lot of conversations among local people about the incident and the tragedy that took place."

Heath knew both men involved. One, he described as a troubled young man, the other, a dedicated, yet perhaps overly eager, professional. "This officer has been known to be maybe a little bit aggressive sometimes, a little hard on some of the local teenagers."

Heath said the two men had a history. He wished they could have settled their differences in a way that didn't end in tragedy. "People were overwhelmed, but a lot of people weren't surprised. There was a little bit of animosity between this police officer and this young man. For myself, I wasn't surprised and I know a lot of other people that weren't surprised," he said. "It's definitely a tragedy. Two lives lost and two families devastated, but unfortunately not a surprise to some of us."

Kate Duffy - WCAX News

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