Officer is “Cleared” After Opening Fire on Grandmother, Shooting Her in Botched Drug Raid


Mark Hayward | New Hampshire Union Leader

MANCHESTER — The shooting of a grandmother during a drug raid this summer was accidental and no charges will be brought against the federal agent involved, New Hampshire Attorney General Joseph Foster announced Thursday.

Lillian Alonzo, 49, suffered non-life-threatening injuries when she was shot in her 110 Beech St. apartment on Aug. 27.

The investigation determined that the handgun of Drug Enforcement Administration Agent Michael Connolly discharged when the agent tried to kick in a locked bedroom door and lost his balance.

The report said Connolly will not face criminal charges.

While the shooting was serious and unfortunate, the report reads, it was accidental.

“There is no evidence of serious blameworthiness in this conduct,” it says.

Alonzo has returned to her apartment, said her son in a telephone interview from Florida. No one was home when a reporter and photographer visited Thursday afternoon.

The son, Daniel Nunez, said the bullet, which went through Alonzo’s left arm and penetrated her torso, remains lodged in her ribs. Medicaid has not paid for Alonzo’s physical therapy, which he said she needs to regain control of the arm.

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He said that based on the layout of the room, he thinks it is impossible that his mother could have been shot by someone who was facing the door.

“She says she was innocent,” he said his mother told him after the shooting. She then added: “I don’t know why they came to my home.”

In the meantime, the apartment was ransacked and furniture was destroyed in a fruitless search for drugs, he said.

“They should give my mom the help she needs. They destroyed everything; they tore up the apartment,” Nunez said. He said the DEA should apologize for its actions.

The raid coincided with the arrest of two of Alonzo’s adult daughters and others on trafficking charges involving oxycodone. The family has said no drugs or weapons were found in Alonzo’s Beech Street apartment.

Alonzo has not been charged with any crimes, and federal prosecutors have said that is unlikely.

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The DEA referred a reporter to Foster’s office, and would not respond to an email asking about an apology and therapy bills.

“Thanks for the opportunity … but we have nothing to add,” DEA spokesman Anthony Pettigrew said.

According to the eight-page report, Alonzo, along with a friend named Delores Minaya, Alonzo’s daughter and Alonzo’s two grandchildren, were in the apartment at the time of the raid.

Alonzo told authorities she was in the kitchen with at least five officers, who were armed with long guns. “She heard a shot and then felt the shot,” the report said.

Alonzo, her 10-year-old daughter and Minaya gave brief statements to authorities at the scene, but Attorney General’s Office investigators could not find them later, the report said. In her initial comments, Minaya told authorities that she and Alonzo were grabbing the children when Alonzo was shot.

Alonzo’s family has been speaking to an attorney about the incident, Nunez said.

Connolly and officers involved in the raid consented to interviews, the report reads.

Once the six armed agents entered the apartment, they quickly searched the bedrooms.

One was locked, and Connolly kicked the locked door twice to open it. The second time, his boot went through the hollow door, which splintered and caught the boot as he tried to retract his leg.


“Because he was caught with his left foot in the door, Connolly began to stumble toward his right shoulder, falling into the open room where he was standing,” the report reads.

As he stumbled backward, he heard a gunshot. Once he regained his feet, Connolly saw his left arm was locked and the handgun looked extremely black.

“He saw his trigger finger along the slide of the gun. He did not remember feeling recoil.

“He felt time slow down and wondered if the shot he heard was from him. He wondered how that happened,” the report reads.

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  • Hearseman

    What a bunch of shit! He had his gun drawn and finger on the trigger! It’s attempted murder!

  • Michael Cannon

    “the handgun of Drug Enforcement Administration Agent Michael Connolly discharged” Oh no, he didn’t do it himself, it wasn’t carelessness on his part, the gun discharged. What a crock of crap!

  • David Pratt

    The worst kind of bad guys., the police are worse than another type of villain..

  • John Oliver

    Ok… so the cop used deadly force to kick-in a door..? His finger had to be on the trigger.. and to have his finger on the trigger is so… 101 gun safety.. apparently cops don’t use the “strait finger” practice.. because they know they will be cleared of all charges, if anything goes wrong with having their finger on the trigger.. Figures.. Disarm the cops!

  • MikeParent

    Trot that cock and bull story into court, as a civilian and you’ll be wearing orange

  • Renee

    this happened while trying to kick open a locked door …. a HOLLOW locked door. Nothing like maybe asking, “Hey, can you open this locked door?” Especially since the lady said she didn’t have anything to hide. But aside from that, if you don’t know how to kick in a door without falling down and *accidentally* shooting someone … maybe you should be riding a desk job?

  • southernhippy

    Time to end the war on drugs and save our people from idiots like this..

  • dogmatix

    Same old story. “We investigated ourselves, and determined we did nothing wrong.” Seems to me the “investigators” and prosecutors are accessories and accomplices:

    “Accessory: A contributing to or aiding in the commission of a crime. One who, without being present at the commission of an offense, becomes guilty of such offense, not as a chief actor, but as a participant, as by command, advice, instigation, or concealment; either before or after the fact or commission.”

    “Accomplice: One who knowingly, voluntarily, and with common intent unites with the principal offender in the commission of a crime. One who is in someway concerned or associated in commission of crime; partaker of guilt; one who aids or assists, or is an Accessory. One who is guilty ofcomplicity in crime charged, either by being present and aiding or abetting in it, or having advised and encouraged it, though absent from placewhen it was committed, though mere presence, Acquiescence, or silence, in the absence of a duty to act, is not enough, no matter howreprehensible it may be, to constitute one an accomplice. One is liable as an accomplice to the crime of another if he or she gave assistance or encouragement or failed to perform a legal duty to prevent it with the intent thereby to promote or facilitate commission of the crime.”

  • Larry Capponi

    he should load his gun and put it to his head , stupid shit head

  • Copsneed2fuckingdie

    Very soon in the future a war on cops will erupt and there will be dead piggies everywhere and guess what, you won’t hear anybody crying over it. You will hear of people laughing and cheering, more dead cops, because of shit like this. They want to act like they can do no wrong when they royally fuck up, if we can’t hold them accountable, were going to skip the judicial bullshit and go straight to executing the fucks. I am a gun owner, and if anyone comes into my house unwarranted, I will fucking kill them, or die trying. And I will gladly die over killing a fucking scumbag cop