Police chief shot dead week before retirement

Man responsible for death of a New Hampshire police chief found shot dead in his home

GREENLAND, N.H. | April 13, 2012

Police say a man responsible for the shooting death of a New Hampshire police chief was found shot dead in his home next to the body of an unidentified female.

New Hampshire Attorney General Michael Delaney said Friday Cullen Mutrie, 29, shot and killed Michael Maloney, 48, a 12-year veteran one week from retirement. Delaney also alleged Mutrie wounded four officers while they were trying to serve a drug warrant.

Delaney declined to say what type of weapon or weapons were used or whether any of the officers, part of a special drug task force involved on the raid, were wearing any protective gear.

It is unclear whether the woman participated in the shootings. It is also unclear whether the woman, whose name has not been released, died as the result of a murder-suicide or a double suicide, Delaney said.

Delaney said the officers arrived at a house Thursday and a suspect opened fire from inside, then remained barricaded early Friday, The Boston Globe reported.

"In his final days he sacrificed his life in public service as a law enforcement officer in New Hampshire," the attorney general said.

The injured officers were not with the Greenland force. Two of them were hospitalized and two were treated and released.

Delaney said authorities were trying to negotiate with the suspect to surrender.

Karen Anderson, administrator for the town of 3,500 near Portsmouth, said Maloney was one of seven full-time officers on the town's force.

"He had eight days left," Anderson said.

"This is a tragic incident and my thoughts and prayers are with the officers involved and their families," New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch said in a statement.

Police evacuated residents within a half-mile of the house after the shooting began, the Globe said.

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