Completed investigation affirms officer’s use of force

May 16, 2019 GMT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire attorney general’s office says its completed investigation of a police officer who shot and wounded a man during a visit to check on his welfare says the officer was justified in the use of deadly force.

Nashua police were called to a home on June 26, 2018, following the report of a suicidal person. They found 29-year-old Justin Contreras, who had a revolver.

Attorney General Gordon MacDonald said Officer James Ciulla encountered Contreras inside a staircase foyer. MacDonald said the revolver wasn’t loaded, but Ciulla didn’t know that. He said Ciulla fired three shots at Contreras and that Contreras was hit twice, in the right arm and front torso. He was hospitalized and survived. No one else was hurt.


Contreras was later charged with criminal threatening. He initially pleaded not guilty, but later changed it to guilty.