Greenland, N.H. Police Chief Michael Maloney, 48, was shot and killed on Thursday evening in a tragedy that has the entire N.H. seacoast area stunned and in mourning. He was just days away from retiring.
According to a report from SeacoastOnline, Maloney was part of a drug raid in the quiet town, located just minutes from Portsmouth, N.H. He was one of five officers shot as they approached the home of Cullen Mutrie, a multiple offender known by locals for his extensive rap sheet, including abuse and sales of anabolic steroids and possession of multiple weapons. The 29-year-old and an unidentified woman were found dead inside the home about eight hours after the shooting.
Chief Maloney had just recently told select men from his small town that he had 'one last order of business' to conduct before he could retire. They now suspect it was the raid that cost him his life.
Two of the four additional officers shot along with Maloney were treated and released from Portsmouth Regional Hospital. Two remained hospitalized in serious condition and are expected to survive.
The flag outside of the Greenland Town Hall has been lowered to half-staff. That's just the first sign of the heartache this close-knit community is feeling. That will likely intensify in the hours and days to come, as the shock wears off and the real mourning of their police chief and local hero begins.