CONCORD, N.H. — New Hampshire’s attorney general says a police officer who shot a man who had grabbed his baton in a confrontation was justified in using deadly force.

In March, Nashua Officer Stephen Morrill caught up with a suspect wanted in connection with a shoplifting report March 22. The suspect, Craig Riley, got involved in a struggle with Morrill and ran into an apartment building. The two struggled again inside the building.

The report says Riley got hold of Morrill’s baton and appeared to be looking at the officer’s head. Morrill thought Riley was going to strike him and fired his gun, shooting him in the shoulder and back.

Attorney General Joseph Foster said it was reasonable for Morrill to conclude Riley was about to use deadly force against him.

Charges are pending against Riley.

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