Keene, N.H., Police Chief Brian Costa found dead at his home; he was 46

March 17, 2017: Keene, N.H., Police Chief Brian Costa was found dead at his home in Keene on Thursday, March 9, 2017, News Hampshire State Police said in a statement. He was 46. An autopsy was scheduled for Friday, March 10, 2017. A later news report in The Union Leader on Tuesday, March 14, 2017, said that officials with the New Hampshire State Police, which is investigating the death, had not yet released any new information on Keene’s death. New Hampshire State Police said last week, the week of March 5-11, 2017, that they are investigating the circumstances of his death, but they had not yet released more information by March 14, the Leader said. Costa was hired as a Police Officer with the Keene Police Department in 1996. He was promoted to the rank of Captain in June, 2011, and he was named Police Chief in 2015. “I just want to send my heartfelt sympathies to Brian’s family. It’s a deep loss for the city and he will be remembered as someone who really truly cared about the community,” said City Councilor Stephen Hooper. “The New Hampshire State Police is saddened by Chief Costa’s death and offers its sincere condolences and support to his family and the Keene Police Department,” a State Police statement said. U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster says Costa was "an incredible public servant" and "a committed leader in addressing the opioid crisis" in New Hampshire. After news about Costa’s death was released, New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu issued the following statement: “I want to express my deepest condolences to the family of Chief Brian Costa. A dedicated public servant, Brian was among the brave men and women of our police force who work tirelessly to keep our communities safe. For that, we are grateful.” Captain Steven Russo has been named as the Acting Police Chief, city officials announced. Russo has been a Keene Police Officer for seventeen years, working for the past seven years as a Captain.

Attribution: Governor's Office, Union Leader, AP, Boston Globe, WMUR

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