Accused Peterborough gunman killed by police
> MILFORD – A terrified woman who came into the Milford Agway on Elm Street on the morning of Tuesday, June 21, apparently had been threatened by Lane Lesko, the 19-year-old man who was later shot by police in Peterborough.
The woman bolted into the store that morning and was hysterical, manager Butch Green said.
Employees immediately called police, who responded and interviewed the woman in a store office. The woman reportedly was threatened with a gun and told to leave her car.
"Later, we heard about the incident in Peterborough," Green said.
Lesko, a resident of Ann Arbor, Mich., died during an armed confrontation with police the morning of June 21 after he reportedly disappeared over the weekend from a group camping trip in Maine.
State First Assistant Attorney General Jeff Strelzin said an autopsy conducted by state chief medical examiner Thomas A. Andrew confirmed Lesko died of a single gunshot wound.
Andrew ruled Lesko’s death a homicide, Strelzin said, adding that the circumstances surrounding the events leading up to the confrontation with police and the subsequent shooting remain under investigation.
It wasn’t clear that it was related to the fatal shooting, but New Hampshire State Police issued a regional "be on the lookout" advisory around 9:30 a.m. for a black BMW driven by an individual they described as armed and dangerous.
The bulletin mentioned that the car was carrying dealer license plates belonging to an Amherst Street dealership in Nashua.
The original BOLO said the vehicle was reportedly spotted in the vicinity of Elm Street in Milford, but Milford police declined to confirm the report or provide additional information.
"I can’t release anything yet because it’s the attorney general’s investigation," Milford Police Capt. Shawn Pelletier said Monday.
Strelzin and police on Tuesday said the confrontation, which took place just before 10:30 a.m. on Route 136, or Greenfield Road, in the area of Sunnyfield Farm, came at the end of "a brief (police) pursuit" that entered Peterborough from Greenfield.
Various news reports on media websites indicate Lesko has a history of criminal activity dating back more than a year.
He had recently pleaded guilty in Washtenaw County court in Michigan to charges of car theft, first-degree home invasion and impersonating an FBI agent, according to the Ann Arbor-based website www.mlive.com.
But a judge delayed Lesko’s sentencing until early next year to allow him to complete mental health and substance abuse treatment programs, according to the website.
New Hampshire Fish & Game officials said in a Monday statement that Lesko was last seen in Magalloway Plantation, Maine, around 3 a.m. Sunday. He was part of a camping/canoeing trip organized by Summit Achievement, a residential treatment program for youths ages 13-20.
The group, officials said, was camping at a remote site at nearby Umbagog Lake State Park. Lesko’s disappearance was reported to Maine State Police, who enlisted the assistance of fish and game officers in a search of the area and the lake, a sizable body of water that straddles the New Hampshire-Maine state line about 30 miles south of the Canadian border.
Later, officials said, a boater reported seeing an overturned canoe near where Lesko was last seen, and shortly thereafter a camper called police from the state park reporting his truck had been stolen during the night.
Police then received a report that a pontoon boat had been stolen not far from where Lesko was last seen.