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New Hampshire

April 14, 2012

Cop shooting shakes the region

Chief's death devastates brotherhood of police

A Newton, N.H., officer was among those who escaped a hail of gunfire when a suspect shot at police during a drug raid Thursday night.

Patrolman 1st Class Chris Thurlow survived the shootout in Greenland, N.H. But Greenland police Chief Michael Maloney was killed and four police officers were wounded while serving a warrant.

"He was part of that warrant service," Newton police Chief Lawrence Streeter said of Thurlow. "He was part of the entry team."

Streeter could share only limited details about what happened since the state attorney general's office is still reviewing the shootings.

The suspect, Cullen Mutrie, 29, and a female companion were found dead of gunshot wounds hours later in what Attorney General Michael Delaney said was either a murder-suicide or double suicide.

Maloney died of a gunshot wound to the head, according to the state medical examiner's office.

The tragedy has shaken the region, especially the law enforcement community.

Flags were lowered to half-staff across the Granite State yesterday in memory of Maloney, who had been scheduled to retire next week, and in honor of the four injured officers, including Rochester police Detective Jeremiah Murphy, 34, of Haverhill, Mass.

Murphy, 34, was still hospitalized in stable condition yesterday along with Newmarket police Detective Scott Kukesh, 33. Dover police Detective Gregory Turner, 32, and Detective Eric Kulberg, 31, of the University of New Hampshire police department were treated and released.

Several Southern New Hampshire police departments sent officers to Greenland immediately after the shooting, including Salem, Londonderry, Derry, Windham and Pelham.

But Thurlow, who is married and has a son, was there when the five law officers were felled by gunshots.

Thurlow, who joined the Newton Police Department three and a half years ago, helped set up a temporary control post after the shooting. He's coping with the tragedy, Streeter said.

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