Web of Lies? Cases Involving NH Officer, Including Deadly Shooting, Get Another Look
CLAREMONT (AP) — A New Hampshire police department has thrown out at least 20 cases that involved two former officers accused of falsifying reports related to a search.
Claremont Police Chief Mark Chase tells the Valley News the number of cases is expected to climb as he looks at arrests made by former officers Ian Kibbe and Mark Burch.
The 30-year-old Kibbe was charged last week with lying about how he discovered weapons during an arrest earlier this year. A state trooper raised concerns about the legality of the search and Burch told investigators that reports were falsified.
Kibbe is charged with one count of conspiracy to commit perjury, one count of attempted perjury, two counts of unsworn falsification and two counts of obstructing government administration.
Burch hasn't been charged with any crimes.
The New Hampshire attorney general's office also is reviewing Kibbe's 2016 fatal shooting of 25-year-old Cody LaFont, which it had determined was legally justified.
Kibbe, at the time a 2½ year member of the Claremont Police Department, was the only officer present during the time of the shooting, police said. The attorney general's office ruled the shooting was justified Oct. 19, 2016.
Kibbe told the attorney general's office that Lafont had a gun and stepped toward him. Kibbe believed he was in danger and fired.
Kibbe was released on $5,000 cash bail on the and has yet to be arraigned on the charges.