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Mr. Stephen Coco

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Background Information

Employment History

Police Detective

Manchester

Detective Division

Manchester Police Department

Sergeant

Manchester Police Department

Web References (31 Total References)


The Union Leader and New Hampshire Sunday News - 02-Apr-04 - Owners of dead dog to sue city

www.theunionleader.com [cached]

Manchester police detective Steven Coco told police he killed the 3-year-old Belgian shepherd-chow mix in the park on Sunday because he felt the dog was threatening his 3- and 4-year-old daughters.He said the dog circled him and his daughters three times, "snarling, barking and lunging."

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In a copy of the letter forwarded to The Union Leader, Douglas contradicts statements made by Bedford Police that deny that Coco pointed a gun at Arnoldy after shooting eight or nine shots at Arnoldy's dog Toby.
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Arnoldy and Coco agree in their statements that Toby had run ahead of Arnoldy off its leash and out of sight in a wooded section of the park.
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"Chris (Arnoldy) saw Stephen Coco, a stranger in civilian attire, with a gun in his hand.
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He asked Coco, ‘Why did you shoot my dog?' Coco responded by bringing his gun up and pointing it at Arnoldy, and ordered him to get down to the ground," Douglas said in his letter.
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Coco told Bedford Police he did not point his police-issued gun at Arnoldy; Bedford Police said it is implausible that Coco would have done so.
Bedford Police Capt. Paul Roy said that Arnoldy claimed in his statement that Coco had holstered his gun or was in the process of holstering it when Arnoldy arrived.


Stephen Coco is facing two ...

patch.com [cached]

Stephen Coco is facing two felony counts of conduct after an accident.

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Hillsborough County Attorney Patricia LaFrance said this morning that fired Manchester police officer Stephen Coco has been charged with two felony counts of conduct after an accident in connection with Friday's hit-and-run accident on Harrod Lane.
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Coco, 41, a Bedford resident, was a sergeant with the Manchester Police Department until he was fired on Monday night. He worked for the department for 17 years, most recently in the special investigations unit.


The Union Leader and New Hampshire Sunday News - 01-Apr-04 - Dog shooting incident is investigated

www.theunionleader.com [cached]

Steven Coco, the off-duty Manchester police detective who shot and killed a dog Sunday in a Bedford park, told police the incident was an effort to protect his two preschool-age daughters.

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Coco, who joined the department in July 1995, was working yesterday as an officer assigned to the Manchester Police Department's Detective Division.Coco was a patrol officer until September 1998, when he was assigned to the investigative unit, Fowke said.
Capt. David Mara described Coco as a "good police officer."
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A call yesterday to Coco for comment was not returned.
On Sunday, Coco shot and killed a 3-year old Belgian shepherd and chow mix dog named Toby, owned by Chris Arnoldy of Amherst.
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The incident happened when Coco was walking with his two daughters, ages 3 and 4, in Pulpit Rock Park in Bedford.
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Arnoldy ran in that direction and found his dog lying on the path, covered in blood, and Coco there with his two children.
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Coco also told police he picked up his 3-year-old and tried to shield his 4-year-old behind him when the dog came at them.Coco, police said, tried to fend off the dog by kicking him, but that the dog kept circling, "snarling, barking and lunging" at Coco and his daughters.
When the dog circled Coco for the third time, police said Coco shot him.
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"(Coco) discharges that final round.The individual who had the dog is yelling, ‘Don't shoot my dog.' Now the officer's attention shifts.He tells the guy to calm down."
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Coco did not say "get down" but "calm down" and did not point the gun at Arnoldy.


Remembering Toby, we love you and miss you so very much fuzzy bear.

www.74red.com [cached]

Coming in the opposite direction on the trail was Stephen Coco, an off-duty Manchester police officer, accompanied by his two young daughters, ages 3 and 4.The details of the incident, still under investigation by Bedford police, are murky.

But what is clear is that Coco, claiming self defense, shot and killed Toby, firing eight to nine shots at the dog.
What happened next specifically what caused Coco to believe his family was in danger and what happened when Arnoldy confronted Coco remains in question.
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The two men gave Bedford police strikingly different accounts of Toby's demeanor and what happened after Coco shot him.
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Arnoldy said Coco kept the gun trained on him for several seconds before putting it away.
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According to Coco's report to Bedford Police, Toby approached him and began circling his family in a menacing manner "snarling, barking and lunging."At this point, Coco said he drew his weapon in self defense and fired eight or nine times, hitting Toby twice.
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Douglas said the city is being sued because Coco is a city employee who used his department-issued weapon to kill Toby.
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Douglas said the civil litigation would go on regardless of the final decision by the County Attorney's Office."The county attorney is investigating, essentially, whether Coco went cuckoo,"he said.
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"If there is any truth to those allegations, such behavior on the part of Toby could only have been brought on by extreme provocation by Mr. Coco," he wrote."Perhaps, the unwarranted kicking that Coco admits he administered was the real cause."
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Manchester Detective Stephen Coco, 32, was off duty, walking in the Pulpit Rock conservation area Sunday with his two daughters, aged 3 and 4, when he shot and killed a dog that he said charged and attacked them.
One of the dog's owners, Chris Arnoldy, 33, of Amherst, arrived at the scene just as Coco fired the last of an estimated six to eight rounds into the 3-year-old chow mixed breed, Toby.
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Arnoldy said Coco overreacted, and the dog had merely frightened, but not attacked, Coco and his children.
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Coco remains on active duty, and the Manchester Police Department's Professional Standards Bureau will conduct its own investigation, department spokesman Sgt.
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Coco and Arnoldy both notified Manchester police of the incident.
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Coco went to the Bedford Police Department after the incident to make a report, and Arnoldy spoke with Bedford police after first speaking with Amherst police, Roy said.
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Coco told police the dog attacked his children, Roy said.
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Coco then drew his pistol and fired three or four shots down at the dog, most of which apparently hit dirt, because he said the dog kept circling.Coco then fired three or four more shots, Roy said.
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Arnoldy arrived just in time to see Coco fire the last round, Roy said, and ran toward him yelling, "Don't shoot my dog."
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Both men agreed that Coco turned toward Arnoldy with the pistol still in his hand.
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Arnoldy told The Telegraph that Coco said, "Get down."
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Both men agreed Coco identified himself as a police officer.
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Steven Coco, the off-duty Manchester police detective who shot and killed a dog Sunday in a Bedford park, told police the incident was an effort to protect his two preschool-age daughters.
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Coco, who joined the department in July 1995, was working yesterday as an officer assigned to the Manchester Police Department's Detective Division.Coco was a patrol officer until September 1998, when he was assigned to the investigative unit, Fowke said.
Capt. David Mara described Coco as a "good police officer."
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A call yesterday to Coco for comment was not returned.
On Sunday, Coco shot and killed a 3-year old Belgian shepherd and chow mix dog named Toby, owned by Chris Arnoldy of Amherst.
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The incident happened when Coco was walking with his two daughters, ages 3 and 4, in Pulpit Rock Park in Bedford.
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Arnoldy ran in that direction and found his dog lying on the path, covered in blood, and Coco there with his two children.
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Coco also told police he picked up his 3-year-old and tried to shield his 4-year-old behind him when the dog came at them.Coco, police said, tried to fend off the dog by kicking him, but that the dog kept circling, "snarling, barking and lunging" at Coco and his daughters.
When the dog circled Coco for the third time, police said Coco shot him.
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"(Coco) discharges that final round.The individual who had the dog is yelling, ‘Don't shoot my dog.' Now the officer's attention shifts.He tells the guy to calm down."
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Coco did not say "get down" but "calm down" and did not point the gun at Arnoldy.


My faith in the court system ...

www.concordmonitor.com [cached]

My faith in the court system has been restored: Former Manchester police officer Steve Coco has been sent back to jail.

Although I do question why he did not get prison time.

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