Cullen Mutrie found dead in New Hampshire shooting
GREENLAND, N.H. (AP) - A man suspected of killing a New Hampshire police chief just days from retirement and wounding four other officers was found dead along with a female acquaintance early Friday, ending an overnight standoff that plunged a small town into fear and grief.
The officers were part of the state attorney general's drug task force and were trying to serve a search warrant on Cullen Mutrie around 6 p.m. Thursday when Mutrie opened fire.
Greenland Police Chief Michael Maloney was killed and four detectives from other departments were injured. Two were in stable condition Friday; the other two were treated and released.
Authorities spoke to Mutrie a short time after the shooting from outside the home but things soon went silent, said Attorney General Michael Delaney.
Around 2 a.m., a tactical team placed a robot equipped with a video camera in the home, and it detected the bodies.
Authorities were still trying to determine when Mutrie and the woman died, but Delaney said they both died of gunshot wounds in either a murder-suicide or double suicide.
The police shootings devastated Greenland, a town of 3,500 near the seacoast that had just seven police officers including Maloney, 48, who was due to retire in less than two weeks.
"In those final days, he sacrificed his life in public service as a law enforcement officer in New Hampshire," Delaney said.
Maloney had 26 years of experience in law enforcement, the last 12 as chief of the Greenland department. Jacqueline DeFreze, who lives a half-mile down the road, said she'd planned to attend a surprise party for his retirement.
"I'm a wreck. He was just the greatest guy," said DeFreze, a fourth-grade teacher in nearby Rye. "He's kind-hearted, always visible in the community."
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