LONDONDERRY, N.H. (WHDH) – A suspect involved in a standoff in Londonderry, New Hampshire has died.
According to police, 71-year-old Richard Verville passed away at a hospital in Massachusetts. Verville was the suspect in a homicide.
Police said Verville killed a fuel delivery employee, now identified as 59-year-old Daniel Rabideau and then tried to kill himself. Police said they found Rabideau’s body when they were sent to the house on a well-being check.
Police said Verville refused to come out of the home, even after police used a bullhorn and sent a robot into the house to try and coax him out. Several residents were first asked to stay in their homes and were later evacuated during the standoff. Nearby schools were also told to keep students inside until the standoff was over.
Police said they found Verville with self-inflicted wounds at the house. He was taken to the hospital under police guard with life-threatening injuries.
Neighbors described Verville as strange and paranoid. Some residents showed 7News a letter of introduction that he handed out to neighbors when he moved in four years, explaining that he was not a terrorist. Residents said he had run-ins with several neighbors over the years.
Rabideau’s family said he never mentioned any issue with this customer, or any others. They are now wondering what the issue was.
There is no word on a motive at this time, but prosecutors said Verville was suffering from significant mental health issues.
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