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New Hampshire Police Chief Killed in Drug Raid

Submitted by Phillip Smith on (Issue #730)
Consequences of Prohibition

Greenland, New Hampshire, Police Chief Michael Maloney was shot and killed and four other officers were shot and wounded during a drug raid last Thursday evening. Maloney becomes the 23rd person to die in US domestic drug law enforcement operations so far this year.

Greenland, NH, Police Chief Michael Maloney (Greenland PD)
According to state and local officials at a press conference that night, the male suspect in the shooting and a female remained barricaded inside his home along and surrounded by a SWAT team, which was called to the scene after shooting broke out. The resident at the address in the raid has been identified as Cullen Mutrie, 29, who was facing steroid possession charges after police who came to his home to confiscate guns after a 2010 domestic violence complaint found them in his living room.

[Update: Mutrie and the as yet unidentified woman were found dead inside the home after a police robot was sent in early last Friday morning. Police said it wasn't clear if it was a murder-suicide or a double suicide. They become the 24th and 25th persons to die in US domestic drug law enforcement operations so far this year.]

It's not yet clear precisely why police were raiding his home Thursday. Police did confirm it was a drug raid and that the suspect had opened fire. Other than that, it is also unclear exactly what transpired, except that Maloney is dead and four officers are wounded. They have been identified as Det. Jeremiah Murphy of the Rochester Police Department, Det. Gregory Turner of the Dover Police Department, Det. Eric Kulberg of the University of New Hampshire Police Department and Det. Scott Kukesh of the Newmarket Police Department.

Two of the four were shot in the chest and were in intensive care early Friday. Two others were treated and released, one with a gunshot wound to the arm and the other with a gunshot wound to the shoulder. They were working as part of a drug task force.

Maloney, 48, was a 26-year law enforcement veteran and had been chief in Greenland for the past 12 years. He was due to retire in less than two weeks.

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Ziggy (not verified)

without all the details, it's sad that someone so close to retirement had to go down like that, but still always good to remember...


Drugs don't kill policemen, unless they over-dose on some stolen contraband, the Drug War kills policemen...

Fri, 04/13/2012 - 1:31pm Permalink
kickback (not verified)

When is the last time you saw a peaceful war ? The "drug war " is about the government waging a war on its own citizens that choose to get high on something other than alcohol . We have 40 years worth of results that clearly show just how abominable this tactic is . Look at Mexico . Cops in Greenland will probably want revenge . More vicious Drug War . More carnage .  Ain`t we having fun !

Sat, 04/14/2012 - 7:36pm Permalink
kickback (not verified)

Considering how Military - Minded Cops like to use Steroids ,  it could have just been a drug deal gone bad .

Sat, 04/14/2012 - 7:56pm Permalink
mlang52 (not verified)

In reply to by kickback (not verified)

In addition, I don't understand how the chest wounds were that serious!  Don't these guys use vests?

Mon, 04/16/2012 - 11:15pm Permalink

is always a sad thing but these people (cops) are the same who are ready to ruin the life, beat or kill peaceful citizens who have the 'fault' of using drugs. I'm not speaking about this episode in particular, but I've seen too many good friends put in great trouble by these mindless bullies and had even a good friend killed in jail in 'obscure circumstances'.... But the suspected guards were judged 'not guilty'...The system never condemn itself ...My friend was in prison waiting for sentence  for growing ten plants of cannabis....I can't respect people who - thanks to racist and criminal laws - harass weak persons...

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 12:14pm Permalink

Shame on those of you who rejoice in the killing of other human beings.  We will never create a peaceful world by celebrating and encouraging violence.  Rather follow the examples of Gandhi and Martin Luthor King.  Violence only begets more violence.

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 1:08pm Permalink
Dan G (not verified)

In reply to by Buzzby (not verified)

"Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look upon the act of depriving a whole nation of arms as the blackest."

-Mohandas Gandhi

I'm sure he would have supported arming druggies as well!

Thu, 04/19/2012 - 2:58pm Permalink
Anonymous2 (not verified)

Bunch of useless dopeheads responding as usual. I wish the police were all safe and YOU were all dead. Disgusting, depraved losers. Please - all overdose on the drugs you believe you should be allowed legally to pollute your worthless bodies with and leave this beautiful planet to the rest of us.

Fri, 07/06/2012 - 4:08am Permalink

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