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Authorities: Domestic dispute led to shooting death of New Hampshire cop; fire kills gunman

A woman reacts as a home, belonging to the Nolan family, burns in a neighborhood surrounded by police officers in Brentwood, N.H., Monday May 12, 2014. Brentwood police officer Steven Arkell was allegedly shot to death by Michael Nolan, when he answered a call in a Nolan's suburban neighborhood, according to the New Hampshire Attorney General Joseph Foster. (AP Photo/The Portsmouth Herald, Deb Cram)

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A woman reacts as a home, belonging to the Nolan family, burns in a neighborhood surrounded by police officers in Brentwood, N.H., Monday May 12, 2014. Brentwood police officer Steven Arkell was allegedly shot to death by Michael Nolan, when he answered a call in a Nolan's suburban neighborhood, according to the New Hampshire Attorney General Joseph Foster. (AP Photo/The Portsmouth Herald, Deb Cram)

BRENTWOOD, N.H. - A domestic dispute that may have pitted father against son quickly turned deadly in suburban southern New Hampshire when a police officer was shot to death by a man who authorities say later died in a roaring house fire punctuated by an explosion caught on film.

Suspected gunman Michael Nolan, 47, was presumed dead Monday after a late afternoon fire demolished the duplex in a tree-lined neighbourhood restricted to people 55 and older.

State Attorney General Joseph Foster said Monday night that Brentwood Police Officer Stephen Arkell, 48, answered the domestic dispute call at about 4 p.m. and was fatally shot when he arrived at the house.

About an hour after the shooting, the house burst into flames and video showed flames eating through the roof of the modern, yellow building. Firefighters were kept away from the scene and soon a massive explosion blew the front off the house. Within an hour, it was levelled.

Nolan is the son of the homeowner, 86-year-old Walter Nolan.

"The entire State of New Hampshire is in mourning over the tragic loss of Brentwood Officer Steve Arkell," Gov. Maggie Hassan said in a statement. "Officer Arkell bravely answered the call of duty and made the ultimate sacrifice, a heroic demonstration of his commitment to the safety of his fellow citizens.

"Like so many of our first responders do on a daily basis, Officer Arkell courageously put his life on the line to protect others, and in doing so, was tragically taken far too soon," she said.

Debra Vasapolli, director of public relations at Exeter Hospital, said that one person was taken to the hospital but said that person was not the victim of a gunshot wound. She declined to provide more details or say if the victim was the elder Nolan.

Neighbour Wayne Hughes told the Portsmouth Herald that police responded to the house after neighbours heard an argument Monday afternoon and called 911. His wife, Susan, said she saw a police officer arrive at the home and then heard "rapid gun fire."

She said she saw Walter Nolan being taken from the scene by ambulance before she was evacuated from the area.

Aerial coverage from WMUR-TV (http://bit.ly/RAYnZq) showed flames burning through the roof of the house and an explosion punching out the front of the house shortly after 5:30 p.m. Within minutes of the explosion, the house was engulfed in flames as black smoke billowed over the neighbourhood.

Firefighters started attacking the blaze around 6 p.m. It was largely out about a half hour later and didn't appear to have spread to neighbouring houses.

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