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BRENTWOOD, NH -- A police officer was killed in a southern New Hampshire town while he was reportedly trying to calm down an argument between a father and son Monday evening. The suspected shooter died in a fire and explosion set after the shooting.

Officer Steve Arkell, 48, was shot as he entered the home according to New Hampshire Attorney General Joseph Foster. Investigators said he was shot by Michael Nolan, 47.

A short time later, the house went up in flames. Nolan, officials said, is believed to have died in either the blaze or the explosion that followed.

The spectacular explosion was caught by television helicopters from Boston television stations broadcasting the situation live

NBC station WHDH said the subdivision where the home was located was a 55-and-over community, with homes that are between five and seven years old.

"Tonight, I join all Granite Staters in mourning the loss of Brentwood Police Officer Steve Arkell, who died tonight doing his job, protecting this community," said Gov. Maggie Hassan, who lives just a few miles away in neighboring Exeter. "When an officer is killed in the line of duty, it strikes at the very fabric of our society, and I know all Granite Staters join with me tonight in sorrow for the loss of Officer Arkell."

Associate Attorney General Jane Young said additional information will likely be released at a press conference at 1 p.m. on Tuesday.

"State police, the fire marshal, ATF and the FBI will remain here tonight and work on the scene," she said. "This has been a difficult few hours for the Brentwood Police Department and we can't imagine how it's been for the family."

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