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Home invasion ends in one dead, one critically injured

Police lines were still up the day after Thanksgiving at the Third Avenue apartment where one man was fatally shot on Wednesday. (Photo by Erik Eisele) (click for larger version)
December 02, 2009
BERLIN — One man is dead and another is in intensive care following a shooting inside a Third Avenue apartment last Wednesday.

Police are still trying to sort out exactly what happened around 8 p.m. in the first floor apartment at 616 Third Ave. A press release from the New Hampshire Attorney General's office said three men forced their way into the apartment and threatened and assaulted the residents, a man and a woman, before the shooting started. The press release called it was an attempted robbery.

Over the course of the robbery attempt Robert Burrill, the male resident of the apartment, was able to get his own handgun. He fired several shots at the intruders, killing Nathaniel Stringfield, 23, of Berlin. Police found Mr. Stringfield dead on the ground outside the apartment when they arrived.

Mr. Burrill also shot Christian Badillo, 28, of Berlin. Mr. Badillo was able to make it to 827 Western Ave., where he was found critically injured with multiple gunshot wounds, according to the press release. He was sent to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center and put on life support.

The third man reported to have been involved in the break in has not been identified. Police are still trying to locate him for questioning.

The press release said at least two of the men involved in the home invasion had handguns, but Detective Richard Plourde of the Berlin police department said investigators are still waiting to hear from ballistics experts about the number of weapons and the number of shots fired.

The call originally came in as a burglary, he said, and six Berlin police officers, several Cos County deputies and several New Hampshire State Police troopers responded initially.

The matter is now being investigated by the State Police Major Crimes unit in conjunction with the Berlin Police Department.

Detective Plourde said on Friday he would be contacting the county attorney about bringing charges in the case, though none had been filed by Friday.

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