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NH Police Chief, Suspects Killed in Dramatic Standoff

Drug bust goes wrong, leads to shootout
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Suggested by The_Old_Wolf
Posted Apr 13, 2012 7:11 AM CDT
NH Police Chief, Suspects Killed in Dramatic Standoff
This undated photo shows Chief Michael Maloney, who was killed during a drug bust-turned-shootout Thursday April 12, 2012 in New Hampshire that also left four other officers wounded.   (AP Photo/Greenland Police Department)

(Newser) – Michael Maloney was only a week from retirement when he was shot and killed last night in a drug raid gone horribly wrong. The police chief of Greenland, New Hampshire, and a drug task force attempted to execute a search warrant on the home of Cullen Mutrie at around 6pm, the AP reports, but Mutrie allegedly opened fire, killing Maloney and wounding four detectives. "In those final days, he sacrificed his life in public service as a law enforcement officer in New Hampshire," says a police spokesman.

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The shooting led to an overnight standoff, with Mutrie holed up inside the home. When things got quiet around 2am, authorities sent a robot equipped with a camera into the house, and found Mutrie dead along with a female acquaintance, in either an apparent murder-suicide or double-suicide. Maloney's tragic death wasn't the only police shooting last night either; in Modesto, California, a deputy and civilian were killed while trying to serve an eviction notice, in an incident that somehow ended with the apartment catching fire. (For more, click here.)

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