NH trooper injured in shooting still recovering

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) – A New Hampshire trooper injured in a shooting that left a man dead continued to recover in a hospital on Saturday.

The state attorney general’s office identified the trooper on Saturday as Matthew Merrill, who has been a law enforcement officer for about 11 years.

The attorney general’s office has said Merrill stopped a vehicle driven by Mark Clermont, 45, of Whitefield, on Wednesday night in Dalton. There was an exchange of gunfire between the trooper and Clermont, who was armed with a rifle and a handgun, and responding officers found Clermont dead at the scene.

The attorney general’s office said Saturday that the exact circumstances of the shooting remained under investigation. The office said Merrill discharged his firearm during the incident. It said Merrill was still being treated for gunshot wounds, and was in stable condition.