Wake, funeral set for fallen Greenland, NH Chief
GREENLAND, N.H. (WHDH) -- Residents of Greenland, New Hampshire gathered for a community meeting Saturday afternoon, two days after a gunman shot and killed their longtime police chief.
State police and Greenland officers continued to collect evidence on the street where Chief Michael Maloney was gunned down on Thursday.
Authorities say Cullen Mutrie shot and killed Chief Maloney and wounded four other officers as they attempted a drug raid on his home.
An autopsy completed Saturday revealed Mutrie was grazed on the arm by a bullet, but he died when he turned the gun on himself in the basement of his home. The Medical Examiner also said Mutrie’s girlfriend was killed by a gunshot wound to the head; police have ruled her death a homicide.
Up the street from the scene, dozens from the small town met at a local school to cope and get a better understanding of all that had unfolded in the past 48 hours.
“The loss of the police chief, a good person, and the way he died -- it’s heart breaking,” Maggie Stoltz said.
Many remembered Chief Maloney as a kind man who was looking forward to his retirement -- just days away.
“He was a very friendly kind of guy,” Charlie Mead said. “He was the kind of guy that would try to help you out if you need help. He had a very good reputation around town.
The emotional wounds were still fresh. While many mourned the chief, others were angry that one man could cause so much heartbreak in one town.
“Somebody that just wasn’t a good person and was taking shots out of his house, took the life of a hero that should be, you know, retiring and there should be a parade for this guy and now there’s a funeral for him,” Scott Baker said.
A wake will be held for Chief Maloney on Wednesay at the Remick & Gendron Funeral Home in Hampton, New Hampshire; his funeral is scheduled for Thursday at noon at the Winnacunnet High School in Hampton.
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