A New Hampshire woman who recently became a grandmother was killed following a police chase. She reportedly was shot multiple times.
Wendy Lawrence was struck by gunfire four times by a state trooper, officials with the state attorney general's office said, according to NBCNews.com. Authorities determined the cause of death was a single gunshot to the chest.
The chase reportedly began on Interstate 93. Police say the 45-year-old Lawrence exited the interstate and drove through a quiet Manchester, N.H., neighborhood. The chase came to an end in Manchester where police reportedly opened fire. Neighbors apparently heard the shots being fired.
“It just sounded like a clip being unloaded,” Bob Britton told WHDH.
Authorities reportedly initially stopped a car being operated “erratically” on a highway. After the trooper asked to see Lawrence's license, she showed him a non-driver's ID. When the trooper took the ID back to his cruiser to check Lawrence's record, he discovered she was a habitual offender and that her license was suspended, according to a statement from Jeffery A. Strelzin, the senior assistant state attorney general.
Lawrence then reportedly took off and a police chase ensued. Multiple troopers were involved in the pursuit. She was followed to an interstate in Manchester, where a trooper shot and killed her.
An autopsy found that Lawrence had been struck by gunfire four times. It was not yet known why the officer fired his weapon and officials are investigating the circumstances of her death.
“I don’t think we'll ever know the truth, but I don't have a girlfriend anymore. All I have is a little dog to remember her by,” said Charles Peter, Lawrence’s boyfriend.
Peter also said that Lawrence was a mother of two who recently became a grandmother.