Alberto Pagan, 21, of Dracut was shot and killed by police when he advanced on officers from Lowell, Mass., Dracut, Mass and Pelham following a chase that began in Lowell. The New Hampshire Attorney General’s Office said Pagan had a handgun and refused to surrender.
Pagan’s family did not respond to attempts to talk with them on Sunday.
In his Facebook profile, Pagan describes himself as Officer Pagan, a Lowell General Hospital security guard with “a lot of responsibilities and not enough pay.” The hospital confirmed that he was employed there as an unarmed security officer.
In his profile, Pagan also states that he was a student at Middlesex Community College and an avid New England sports team fan. He wrote “I luv to have a good time, you know, juss livin’ life to the fullest.”
Now police and family members are left to determine what motivated him to become involved in a police incident at 3:30 Saturday morning that ended with his death two hours later.
Lowell police first approached Pagan early Saturday morning when they responded to a reported domestic dispute. Pagan fled in his car toward New Hampshire, according to the Attorney General’s Office. Officers from Massachusetts and New Hampshire pursued him, at one point stopping his car on Route 38 in Pelham with spike strips.
Pagan allegedly got out of his four-door sedan with a handgun. Police could not convince him to surrender and he returned to his car, leaving Route 38. He was eventually stopped on Hobbs Road in Pelham where a second standoff ended with police opening fire as Pagan advanced on them. It does not appear that Pagan fired his weapon but the investigation is ongoing, according to the Attorney General’s Office.
The Pelham Police Department referred all questions to the Attorney General’s Office, which is investigating the incident.