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Police Chief Killed in Greenland Shooting

Four other officers shot in the incident.

UPDATE, 6 A.M.: New Hampshire Attorney General Michael Delaney announced this morning that the alleged gunman in Thursday night's shooting was found dead in his home along with another woman early this morning. For the full story, .

UPDATE, 1 A.M.: Gov. John Lynch directs flags to half-staff. He issues statement after midnight that reads, in part:

"I ask the people of New Hampshire to join me in honoring the sacrifice of Chief Maloney, and supporting his family at this time. Our deepest condolences also go out to the Greenland Police Department and the entire community.

We are also praying for the recovery of Officers Eric Kulberg of the University of New Hampshire Police Department, Scott Kukesh of Newmarket, Greg Turner of Dover and Jeremiah Murphy of Rochester, who were wounded during this incident."

UPDATE, 12:40 A.M.: The New Hampshire Attorney General's Office has released the names of the other officers wounded in Thursday's incident in Greenland, according to multiple reports.

Detective Scott Kukesh, of the Newmarket Police Department, and Detective Jeremiah Murphy, of the Rochester Police Department, were both shot in the chest and were in intensive care.

Detective Gregory Turner, of the Dover Police Department, and Detective Eric Kulberg, a graduate and a member of the University of New Hampshire Police Department, were both treated for their gunshot-related injuries and released from the hospital, according to multiple reports.

UPDATE, 10:15 P.M.: Greenland Police Chief Michael Maloney has died of gunshot wounds sustained in tonight's incident in Greenland, Selectmen Chairman John Penacho confirmed tonight.

"We're stunned," Penacho said. "It was a blow to all of us."

Maloney, 48, headed a small police department of seven officers, including himself. Penacho said he wasn't surprised that Maloney, who had once also served in the , went out on tonight's drug investigation.

"He was a working police chief," he said. "(He did) traffic stops, or whatever was needed."

Penacho said Maloney was married and had several children.

UPDATE, 10 P.M.: Attorney General Michael Delaney confirmed at a press conference minutes ago that five police officers were shot tonight in Greenland, and one of them has died.

Delaney, in a press conference at Greenland Town Hall, said law enforcement responded to 517 Post Road around 6 p.m. and were conducting a drug investigation. They entered the home and encountered an armed subject who shot rounds at them.

He said there was no more information he could provide, because authorities are still dealing with "an active armed standoff at a home." A man and a woman are reportedly barricaded inside the home at this hour.

"I do want to extend my thoughts and prayers to the family and relatives and loved ones of the police officer who has been killed and the four police officers who have been injured," Delaney said.

He said the names of the officers who were shot are not being released pending notification of relatives and loved ones.

Delaney would not answer specific questions about the investigation, but said another update will be provided at 6 a.m. Friday.

Deputy House Speaker Pam Tucker, who represents Greenland, said her town is in shock.

"We're just trying to stay together," she said. "As you know, it's still an active standoff, so we're all hanging tough."

An earlier story follows:

Multiple police officers were reportedly shot early this evening as law enforcement agencies have surrounded a house in Greenland.

WMUR is now reporting that one of the officers shot was Greenland Police Chief Michael Maloney, who was set to retire later this month. His condition is not known at this time. A law enforcement source said four other officers were also shot, two of whom are now in critical condition.

The incident was first reported around 6:50 p.m. at 517 Post Road. The officers were reportedly at the home to serve a search warrant. Initial reports were that anywhere from two to five police officers had been shot, and that a male suspect had barricaded himself inside the home with a high-powered rifle.

It isn't clear if anyone other than the police officers might have been shot, although one witness at the scene said they saw a woman who was not a police officer who had been shot.

According to Greenland assessment records, the home at 517 Post Road is owned by the Beverly P. Mutrie Trust. The 1-1/2 story building is valued at $280,000.

A man listed as living at that address, Cullen Mutrie, 29, was charged last year with nine felony counts alleging he was in possession of anabolic steroids, according to Seacoastonline. The website also reported that Mutrie had previously been barred from possessing firearms after he was arrested for assaulting a woman. Mutrie is a former Hampton Falls firefighter, the Union Leader is reporting.

Stratham resident Susan Whitter was in the area as the police cruisers began flying to the scene.

"Police officers from Newmarket, Exeter, Stratham, Newfields. They were just calling them in left and right," Whitter said. "Just a barrage of activity. I mean flying to the scene and I came out here and saw this. Just utterly amazing in a small town like this."

SWAT teams and police from Exeter, Hampton, Portsmouth and other area departments are all at the scene. All officers are reportedly down behind cover.

Post Road has been closed to vehicle traffic between Winnicut Road and Portsmouth Avenue.

A helicopter is flying overhead, and the area near the house is evacuated, save for a home across the street, but the person in that residence is safe and secure, according to police.

That person apparently witnessed the shooting, bystanders are saying.

Tyler Bryant, 18, of Portsmouth, said a friend of his was on his way home and saw the whole incident happen. His friend was Tweeting details about the incident before police escorted him from his house, which is located near the scene.

Gov. John Lynch issued a statement about the shooting incident, saying he has been monitoring the situation from the Emergency Operations Center in Concord, keeping in close contact with law enforcement officials. The governor is reportedly on his way to Portsmouth Regional Hospital, where the wounded officers were taken.

"This is a tragic incident, and my thoughts and prayers are with the officers involved and their families," Lynch said.

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen also issued a statement, saying, "All of our thoughts and prayers are with the families and loved ones of the officer killed and with the officers wounded, their families, and everyone affected by this terrible tragedy."

Seacoast Online reported that Maloney's retirement was accepted by the Greenland Board of Selectmen March 26. They reported Maloney originally joined the department in 2000 and spent 26 years in law enforcement before his retirement. Maloney's last day on the job had been scheduled for April 20.

-Paul- April 13, 2012 at 06:12 PM
On the contrary, it's those who advocate the continuation of the war on drugs who should recognize their partial responsibility for these deaths, and in supporting gangsters, cartels, etc. During prohibition, the alcohol trade was run by violent people as well. Now, since prohibition has been repealed, it's produced in factories, not basement stills, distributed by truck drivers, not gangsters, and sold in stores, not on street corners by pushers. If drug prohibition were repealed, the gangsters would be out of a job and out of cash. The cause of this violence is not inherent to drugs. If you were to prohibit orange juice, orange juice would also be sold and distrubted on the black market, by gangsters -- violence would increase, and more deaths like these would ensue. Imagining that banning drugs will eliminate all drug use is about as reasonable as imagining that banning guns will eliminate all guns. It doesn't -- it just hands control over to criminals. Even apart from that, on a basic moral level, it's wrong for you or I to threaten force and harm against people simply because they injest something into their body that we don't approve of. Social intervention, offers of medical treatment, and perhaps counseling is a much more appropriate response.
-Forever Young- April 13, 2012 at 07:32 PM
@-Paul- This scum bag was a murderer though! He killed a man trying to keep our state and country safe! My dad works at the hospital and had to work with the Officers last night. He is one of the toughest, sternest men ever, but he couldn't even stand to look at Chief Manoley's body. It's not a BS crime. Steroids are BAD and are illegal for a reason.
Leonard thomas April 13, 2012 at 11:30 PM
The modern tactical team is taught to follow an armored "pont man" into the home, and forcefully effect their mission. You are on the "perp's" turf, and he can do what he desires to resist the SWAT team. Why? Once the house is surrounded, cut the power, water, and settle in with catered food, sleeping in shifts, just stay back and out of sight. Let him know he is surrounded, and call the home telephone to negotiate his surrender. It's just like fishing. Give him a number to call when he wants to surrender. Call in the National Guard, if necessary, but wait. Nobody, even the "perp" gets hurt this way.
Duane April 14, 2012 at 12:19 PM
This what they train and practice for, the worst that can happen, to be prepared, but always hoping for the best. However, Nicarol when an individual is intent on killing others there is no stopping them when we live within a democratic and free society like ours. Whats your recommendation, to make guns illegal, we know that is not the solution. I suggest you read and ask more questions before the next time you disgrace the good name of people who are willing to lay there lives on the line to protect people they do not even know like yourself. Next time you open your mouth, or offer a free stupid opinion of something you do not understand thank a cop, firefighter or member of the military for your safety and freedom.
Duane April 14, 2012 at 12:29 PM
StC Don, please tell me the last time you heard of a vest stopping a bullet to the face! Or even from a bullet entering the body through the armpit? Yes they were wearing vests! There were all experienced officers. This is why the job is referred to as "dangerous".

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