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Murdered N.H. Chief Saved Officer's Life

April 23, 2012  | 

Photo: Greenland PD
Photo: Greenland PD

Greenland (N.H.) Police Chief Mike Maloney dragged a wounded officer to safety before he was fatally shot during a drug raid earlier this month.

Newmarket Detective Scott Kukesh, in a letter that was read at the chief's memorial service, said the chief dragged him to safety and headed back into the gunfight between officers and Cullen Mutrie.

Newmarket Police Chief Kevin Cyr said Maloney "ran through gunfire and dragged wounded officers to safety with no concern for his own well-being," during an April 15 eulogy for the chief, reports the Union Leader.

Detective Kukesh, 33, and Rochester Detective Jeremiah Murphy, 34, remain hospitalized with bullet wounds to their chests.

Maloney and the officers were shot by Mutrie while serving a search warrant at his 517 Post Road home in Greenland. Mutrie later shot and killed his estranged girlfriend, Brittany Tibbetts, 26, and then turned the gun on himself.

Officers recovered a 9mm semi-auto pistol and .357-caliber revolver from the home, according to the New Hampshire Attorney General.

Chief Maloney was remembered for his kindness and love of his work, reports the Boston Globe.

Related:

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

Condition of Wounded N.H. Detectives Upgraded

Tags: Greenland (N.H.) PD, Officer Heroism, Police Chiefs, Assaults on Officers, Building Raids, Officer Memorials


Comments (19)

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Lt. Tester @ 4/23/2012 8:48 PM

Now this man is a real hero. This is the type of man our children should look up to. Not football players or basketball or baseball players, but this real hero of a man. I pray that he is in the hands of the Father tonight and that his family is comforted by our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Thank you Chief for your service, dedication and most of all for your love of the people you protected. Rest In Peace brother.

Jim @ 4/23/2012 10:26 PM

Now, this is the mark of a real leader who puts the welfare of his team above his own. This is a CHIEF and I put that deliberately in all capital letters. My chief could not even find his way to the event.

Thor @ 4/23/2012 11:51 PM

Three trained officers vs one punk with handguns? Hmmmmmmm!

Ric Walters @ 4/24/2012 3:46 AM

Chief Maloney defines heroism, devotion to duty, and, more importantly, devotion to those he lead and his brothers in blue. He is the example of what every officer, regardless of their position, should be. God blessed those he lead. May God's comfort and peace surround his family, friends, and fellow officers.

Steve @ 4/24/2012 5:17 AM

@Thor: Where were you going with that comment?

Frank Deal @ 4/24/2012 5:23 AM

Chief Maloney is a hero. He did what he was trained to do. He had no problem giving his life for others.Police officers go to the problem while others run away. It makes me so mad when local government officials look at the police department when they have to make budget deductions. There are a few officers who make police departments look bad but Chief Maloney is like the 99 percent who are willing to sacrifice their lives for others. Thank God for people like Chief Maloney.

Barb Lafleur @ 4/24/2012 5:28 AM

Thor-Who would would you be willing to take a bullet for? The boys in blue take that chance every day they put on the uniform. The military and law enforcement serve all of us willing to take that bullet-priceless! God Bless!

Capt David LACO Retired @ 4/24/2012 6:38 AM

A tragic story....

lawman94 @ 4/24/2012 7:17 AM

Now this guy was a Chief, took a bullet while in a gun fight with an idiot. My hat goes off to you Chief Maloney may your brave deeds never be forgotten. Thor???

Jerry Christian, Retired @ 4/24/2012 7:35 AM

Some idiotic comments should never deserve responding to. Shame. Thanks again, Brother Maloney and our prayers are still with your family and friends.

Brad Jerome @ 4/24/2012 8:07 AM

Here is a man who wasn't about to send his officers into a situation he wasn't willing to handle himself. A cops cop. I knew nothing of you while you were alive, but only needed to read the tragic story of your untimely passing to know what you were about Chief. I salute you and your recovering officers. We've got it from here.

Security Mom @ 4/24/2012 8:07 AM

Our LE family prays for this Hero's family. They have lost a husband, father, and son. The fear of every LE family. God Bless all who serve.

Harry @ 4/24/2012 10:04 AM

There are no mere words that can adequately describe the courage that Chief Maloney exhibited that day. For a man that near to retirement to return into a hail of bullets to rescue his fellow officers is bravery personified. Chief Maloney is worthy of our highest respect and held up as a hero to all who follow him. God rest your soul, Sir.

buckinrc @ 4/24/2012 10:33 AM

This man should be recognized as someone who took the oath and lived by it making the ultimate sacrafice unselfishly for his fellow officers, and showed the true meaning of leadership and leading by example. He surely was not a paycheck officer and was dedicated to his community and should all in public service aspire to be as dedicated.

Frank @ 4/24/2012 12:21 PM



You don't know what went down that day. I suspect that the Chief knew this guy and this was going to be his last official act. I believe their was bad blood between the scumbag and the entire Greenland PD. This guy knew he was going down and obviously didn't give two cents about anyones life. The Chief acted above and beyond. The only heroes in life are the people who put their life on the line to save another human being. As far as sport figures and the elite idiots from Hollywood their entertaining at best. My big pet peeve is no Federal law for shooting/killing an LEO. My second issue is local towns and cities budgets"but it for the children" issues. Soccer fields, Million dollars schools with AC when school is out in the Summer months. Olympic swimming pools. The hell with the Police and Fire Dept. The crusiers have a zillion miles on them. It one lap around the town because we can't afford to burn the gas. No 4-wheel drive vehicle for winter months. Crown Vics are terrible in the winter. "But its for the Children" !!

bobbi De'AnnPerry @ 4/24/2012 1:36 PM

Yes he is my kind od hero. As a Police Chief he generally would not have evan been on thatv type of raid, but to have given his all I give my full condolences to his family and friends. I am also one who lays her life down for those whom I am expected to protect and serve.

I cover my sheild for him and only hope that when and if that day comes to give my all I will rember Mikes sacrifice and do what needs to be done as my lord and saviour has his angels around us. Mike was desperately need in heavenis what I must beleive.

Jim Miller @ 4/24/2012 3:38 PM

Yeah Thor, what the hell is your pathetic point?

Bill Ivory, Arizona @ 4/24/2012 4:37 PM

If this were a military engagement, there would clearly be a Medal of Honor for the CHIEF..

Adrian Stroud @ 4/25/2012 9:09 AM

God Bless you Chief. You lead from the front! You looked out for your people, you were my kind of cop. "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends". John 15:13

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