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Man shot, killed by police outside Space Force base

U.S. Space Force reveals first service coin given to first seven Space Force recruits, on Dec. 10, 2020. (U.S. Space Force photo/Released)
May 17, 2022

A man was fatally shot outside of a Space Force station in New Hampshire Friday night in an incident officials called a “homicide” involving a local police officer and a “contracted security officer.”

According to a press release from the New Hampshire Office of the Attorney General, the fatal officer-involved shooting occurred on Friday around 11:30 p.m. on an access road near the New Boston Space Force Station off of 317 Chestnut Hill Road in New Boston, New Hampshire.

The New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office said the “exact circumstances surrounding” the death of 33-year-old Michael Foley “remain actively under investigation.”

“No further information will be released until after the involved officer and Contracted Security Member’s formal interviews,” the release added.

Military.com reported that New Hampshire’s Deputy Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Mitchell Weinberg said in a statement that Foley was killed due to a “single gunshot wound” and the “manner of death is homicide.”

It is unclear who fired the deadly shot.

Spokesman Stephen Brady from Peterson-Schriever Garrison – which supervises New Boston Space Force Station – told the outlet that the incident “involved a civilian not affiliated with the installation.”

Brady said the Space Force station will still execute a “use of force review board to examine the shooting.”

“Base security was never compromised, the vital Space Force satellite command and control mission continued without interruption, and there is no known threat to the community,” he added.  

The incident was one of several high-profile shootings that occurred over the weekend, including one that took place at Geneva Presbyterian Church in Laguna Woods, Calif. on Sunday afternoon, leaving one person dead and five injured.

Another shooting occurred at roughly the same time in a Houston, Texas flea market, leaving two dead and three injured. Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said an “altercation” broke out involving a group of five people, two of whom were armed with guns.

On Saturday, an 18-year-old suspect carried out a mass shooting at a Tops supermarket in Buffalo, N.Y. in what authorities have since deemed a “racially motivated hate crime.” The suspect donned body armor and tactical gear while firing more than 50 rounds from a rifle, killing 10 people and wounding three.

President Joe Biden released a statement saying, “a racially motivated hate crime is abhorrent to the very fabric of this nation. … Hate must have no safe harbor. We must do everything in our power to end hate-fueled domestic terrorism.”