Relatives of Massachusetts LaBarre victim sue NH police
By Associated Press
Friday, March 20, 2009 - Added 1d 0h ago
BRENTWOOD, N.H. — The family of a man killed by Sheila LaBarre has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against police in Epping, N.H., accusing them of failing to protect him.
The lawsuit says police share responsibility for Kenneth Countie’s death because members knew LaBarre was dangerous and had abused Countie.
LaBarre is serving life in prison for killing 24-year-old Countie and another man, 38-year-old Michael Deloge, on her farm.
e suit, filed this week in Rockingham County Superior Court, names the town, Police Chief Gregory Dodge, Lt. Michael Wallace and two others. Neither Dodge nor Wallace could be reached to comment.
The suit refers to an encounter that police had with LaBarre and a wheelchair-bound, sickly-looking Countie at the Wal-Mart Supercenter in Epping in 2006, a few days before Countie was killed.