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N.H. Police Chief Killed, 4 Wounded In Drug Raid

April 13, 2012  | 

Greenland Police Chief Michael Maloney. Photo: GPD website
Greenland Police Chief Michael Maloney. Photo: GPD website

A small-town New Hampshire police chief was fatally shot and four other officers were wounded during a narcotics raid late Thursday.

Greenland (N.H.) Police Chief Michael Maloney was eight days from retirement when he was gunned down during the raid targeting Cullen Mutrie, 29, at a Post Road home. Mutrie and a female acquaintance were later found dead in the home, reports the Boston Globe.

Mutrie was a wannabe firefighter who faced nine steroid-related felonies in 2011 and had been arrested for domestic assault in 2010. He also pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor assault charged in 2007 for punching a man in the face, reports Seacoast Online.

Injured in the shootings were Detective Gregory Turner of the Dover Police Department, Officer Eric Kulberg of the University of New Hampshire Police Department, Officer Scott Kukesh of the Newmarket Police Department, and Officer Jeremiah Murphy of the Rochester Police Department. Officers Kukesh and Murphy remain in critical condition.

Chief Maloney, 48, had served as Greenland's chief since May of 2000. He had 26 years of law enforcement experience. An autopsy revealed the chief was shot in the head.

Late Thursday, Tara Laurent was sworn in as the Greenland PD's new chief. Laurent was a detective with the Newmarket PD. Chief Laurent will oversee six full-time and three part-time officers in a jurisdiction of 3,500 residents.

The agency is, according to the International Association of Police Chiefs, "the face of American policing" because 89% of the nation's law enforcement agencies serve populations of 25,000 and fewer, while 74% serve 10,000 and fewer.

"I am not only saddened but also angry that these types of incidents continue to occur with such alarming frequency," said Walter McNeil, IACP president, in a statement. "Last year 72 officers were feloniously killed—that means that 72 officers were killed in cold blood by brazen criminals who showed no hesitation in attacking law enforcement officers. This trend has to stop."

In New Hampshire's rural setting, small departments often rely on mutual aid from surrounding departments for task-force operations. This approach to resource sharing is not unusual in the state of 1.3 million residents, said Jeff Strelzin, the chief of the homicide unit in the Attorney General's office.

"Generally speaking, there's a high level of cooperation in New Hampshire law enforcement," Strelzin told POLICE Magazine.

While urban chiefs can rely on other command staff members, chiefs of departments with up to 40 sworn officers must at times become involved in enforcement operations, said Ephrata (Pa.) Police Chief William Harvey.

"The smaller the agency, the more a chief has to work," said Harvey, who also writes PoliceMag's Recruit blog. "You may be the senior person, the one with the most insights, the one with the most knowledge of how to handle operations like this."

By Paul Clinton

Comments (9)

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Jerry Christian, Ret @ 4/13/2012 11:35 AM

R.I.P. Brother Maloney. My most sincere sorrow and condolences to the family and friends of this fallen hero. God Speed.

Frank @ 4/13/2012 5:10 PM

RIP Mike! Great person in or out of the uniform.

tom @ 4/13/2012 6:05 PM

My prayers go to Chief Maloney's family and Department! From your Illinois brother, RIP Chief!

Alberto @ 4/13/2012 9:07 PM

God bless brother god speed.

Dave Franke @ 4/14/2012 6:40 AM

As America continues to change, we continue to say goodbye to our family of brothers and sisters who perish at the hands of those who society will continue to coddle. Police have become the enemy of many, but I do believe the friend to many. Our thoughts and prayers to your family and co-workers and the community as your lives change to deal with this tragedy. May God Bless you all and give you strength to deal with and understand that which is so painful and without justification.
We as your brothers and sisters will take the watch from here, and a true reminder to our communities... till the end, we fight the battle for you... no matter what the consequences, please dont forget that.

Rudy Moreno @ 4/14/2012 9:06 AM

My condolences go out to the chiefs family and friends, may god bless you all.... From your Southern California brothers.

Bill (Police Chaplain) @ 4/16/2012 7:43 AM

Very saddened by this event. My prayers will be with the Chief's family and the department. Be strong and God's comfort to all.

Don Lowery @ 4/16/2012 11:52 AM

What a tragedy such horrible incident that law enforcement face everyday. We are understaffed out gunned in most situations. My heart and my feelings go out to these officers and their families. I read these events almost daily and never get use to them. My office will grieve with the families. God Bless You All in that community.

Deepest Sympathy

Sheriff Don Lowery

La Paz County Arizona Sheriff's Office

Bill @ 4/24/2012 3:43 AM

This all happened while serving a "no knock" search warrant over illegal steroids??? Perhaps some reevaluation is in order, and in fact necessary?

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