Maine fugitive Michael Brown dies in N.H. police chase

A man is dead after leading police on a chase through Massachusetts and New Hampshire in a car that belonged to a man who was wanted in Maine

NEWTON, N.H. (NEWS CENTER) — A fugitive from Presque Isle was killed while trying to outrun police.

An arrest warrant had been issued several days earlier for 40-year-old Michael Brown on a charge of sexual assault. The advisory from Maine police also stated that he was believed to be in possession of a stolen firearm.

Details of events leading up to his death were provided by the New Hampshire Attorney General's office. The case falls under its jurisdiction since Brown died in Newton, N.H.

In a press conference on Friday morning, Senior Assistant Attorney General Jeff Strelzin explained that police encountered Brown on Thursday night in Malden, Mass. But when they tried to stop him, he drove away.

Massachusetts police were joined by New Hampshire police as the chase crossed the state border. Police laid down spike strips to blow out Brown's tires, and his vehicle crashed into a tree in Newton, N.H. Strelzin said an ensuing confrontation with Brown led police to shoot and kill him. In a search of his vehicle that followed, police found a handgun.

More information about Brown's death will be determined in an autopsy planned for later on Friday.

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