CLAREMONT, N.H. — The mother of a 25-year-old Claremont, New Hampshire, man who died after he was shot in a confrontation with police says her son had struggled with depression and she believes the officers did “the best they could to help him.”
The attorney general’s office is investigating the death of Cody Lafont.
Police responded to a 911 call to the home early Sunday. Autopsy results released Tuesday say he was shot three times in the chest. The attorney general’s office hasn’t said how many officers were involved.
Tracy McEachern, Lafont’s mother, tells WCAX-TV (http://bit.ly/2dzmEyo) her son had called 911 before. She described it as a cry for help.
“I feel that for the most part the officers that he was in contact with and who knew him understood what he was going through and did the best that they could to help him and keep him safe,” McEachern said.
McEachern said her son loved his family, animals and racing. But he also dealt with depression.
“He would do well for a while and then he would sink back into his depressive states where he basically withdrew from everybody,” she said.
McEachern said she still doesn’t know the details of what happened that day.
Police were not commenting.
This story has been corrected to show that Lafont was shot three times in the chest, not twice in the chest and once in the neck.