New Hampshire man identified after firing at police in Seekonk shootout

Two officers followed the suspect, who then shot at them with a 7.62mm AK-47 model rifle.  The District Attorney said officers returned fire.

SEEKONK, Mass. (WLNE) -The suspect who fired an AK-47 at police in Seekonk Sunday is being identified Jeffrey W. Groulx, 48, of New Hampshire. The Massachusetts Medical Examiner’s Office examined he was shot three times, with one of them being fatal.

The investigation remains open at this time.


The Bristol County District Attorney’s Office said the suspect who died at the scene of an investigation in Seekonk had fired an AK-47 model rifle at police.

District Attorney Thomas Quinn said Seekonk Police were originally called to a business on Route 6 about an alarm for a break-in. When they arrived, officers saw the business had been broken into and they saw a suspect in a nearby parking lot.

The suspect then got into a black Honda, and sped away down Route 6.

The DA’s Office said the suspect lost control of the car, flew off the road, and crashed School Street.

Two officers followed the suspect, who then shot at them with a 7.62mm AK-47 model rifle.  The District Attorney said officers returned fire.

Once a SWAT team determined there was no longer a threat, emergency responders approached the car and found the suspect was dead. The suspect was the only person in the car.

Earlier in the day, Quinn tweeted, “State Police Detectives and prosecutors from our office are on scene in Seekonk investigating a fatality near the intersection of Rte. 6 and School St. Investigation is ongoing.”

Seekonk Police and Massachusetts State Police both responded to the area Sunday morning. Seekonk Police said via Twitter that it is an active investigation. They asked everyone to avoid the area and drivers were rerouted.

The investigation is ongoing.

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