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This weekend, much of New Hampshire is in a state of shock and sadness. For the second time in less than a year, a police officer has been shot and killed in the line of duty.

A 24-year-old ne’er-do-well (and cousin of Olympic skiing champion Bode Miller) from Franconia, New Hampshire named Liko Kenney had a long-standing feud with a Franconia police officer, Corporal Bruce McKay. Three years ago, Kenney was convicted of assaulting McKay. Last week, the feud came to a bitter end.

Friday evening, McKay pulled over Kenney for speeding and registration issues. When Kenney recognized McKay, he asked for another officer to handle the traffic stop. When McKay refused to summon another officer to the scene, Kenney drove off. McKay followed him and pulled him over again, and Kenney shot McKay four times in the chest, then ran him over.

A bystander, a 49-year-old retired Marine named Gregory Floyd, saw the whole thing and acted. He put his truck between Kenney and McKay, then went to the officer’s aid. He took McKay’s pistol and shot Kenney, then called for help.

It was too late, though. Both McKay and Kenney were dead.

A fuller account can be found here.

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