|On October 15, 1971, a hostage situation developed on Gingras Drive. A man had taken another individual at gun point, and he demanded to see the Chief of Police. Acting Chief Roussel received a telephone call at home advising him of the situation. Chief Roussel responded directly to the scene, and he approached the armed suspect and told him he was the Chief of Police. The armed suspect immediately pushed his hostage out of the way and shot Chief Roussel. Chief Roussel was rushed to a local hospital where he died some twelve days later as a result of complications caused by his wounds. Chief Roussel was 50 years old at the time and an eighteen-year member of the Nashua Police Department. He was survived by his wife and six children.