At around 10:30 p.m. in Greenland, N.H., one police officer was killed and four others were critically wounded in a small shootout on the New Hampshire seacoast. The suspect fired upon officials conducting a drug investigation. A breaking news report released by Fox News indicates that the dead police officer was none other than Greenland Police Chief Michael Maloney.
State Attorney General Mike Delaney stated that the shooter as well as one female remained in the house until 10:30 p.m., approximately four hours after the police had arrived to execute a drug investigation. Delaney was quoted having said:
“We are working with federal state and local law enforcement to try to obtain a peaceful resolution. I do want to extend my thoughts and prayers to families and relatives and loved ones of the police officer that has been killed and the four police officers that have been injured.”
Surrounding roadways were blocked off and police officials were standing at all of the roadblocks in the pouring rain. Numerous State police departments were dispatched to the small community of Greenland which boasts a modest population of roughly 3,500 and is less than 50 miles from Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
The names of those injured have not yet been released as their relatives have yet to be formally contacted and alerted of the incident.
Greenland’s elementary school will be closed Friday as law enforcement officers will be utilizing the school as a staging area.
When asked what the town will do to help residents cope with the tragedy, Greenland’s chairman of the Board of Selectman John Penacho was quoted having said:
“We’ll do whatever we need to do. It’s a blow to all of us. You’re stunned. It’s New Hampshire, it’s a small town. We’re stunned. I mean all of us. It’s an unbelievable situation.”
Delaney said he was unable to provide additional information regarding the shooting at this time.
In a town of seven officers, including the recently deceased Michael Maloney, a shooting like this has a dramatic impact on the community.
The Portsmouth Herald reported that 29-year-old Cullen Mutrie was a resident of the home at which the shootings took place, 517 Post Road, and the same individual had been arrested and charged with possession of anabolic steroids back in 2010. According to a police affidavit, officers discovered steroids in Mutrie’s living room on July 24, 2010.
What are your thoughts on this small-town New Hampshire shootout which has resulted in four injured police officers and one dead police chief?