Police Reminded of Job Dangers After Greenland, NH Shooting
Woburn Police will attend Chief Michael Maloney's funeral in New Hampshire.
As the Greenland, New Hampshire Police Department mourns the loss of its chief in a line-of-duty shooting Thursday night, Woburn officers are reminded of the danger that goes along with their job.
"Last night's events in Greenland, NH goes to show the dangers the brave men and women of law enforcement face on a daily basis when they go off to work," said Woburn Police Chief Robert Ferullo. "The support of the entire Woburn Police Department goes to the men and women of the entire New Hampshire law enforcement community."
Greenland Police Chief Michael Maloney was shot and killed last night while attempting to serve a warrant in a drug investigation. Authorities believe that Cullen Mutrie, a 29-year-old Post Road, Greenland resident, shot Chief Maloney and four other officers as they approached his home during the warrant service.
Warrant services are standard police business and occur in the city of Woburn.
"These are operations conducted on a regular basis by various agencies and task forces throughout the entire country, but especially in Middlesex County," said Chief Ferullo.
In Woburn, the Southern Middlesex Regional Drug Task Force conducts similar investigations and search warrants. Woburn Police officers also serve arrest warrants on a regular basis.
Last February, WPD attempted to serve an arrest warrant on Scott Cooper, 39, of 1 Kilby St. Apt. #44, but the action resulted in a standoff between police and Cooper.
In both warrant services, officers went to the homes of suspects and were confronted. In Woburn, Cooper struggled with two officers and a firefighter, kicking at all three men. He ran to the roof of the building, where he remained for hours as police and mental health professionals attempted to talk Cooper back into the building.
The Greenland warrant service ended much differently, with New Hampshire residents mourning the loss of a highly-regarded police chief and hoping for the recovery of four other officers shot during the incident.
Woburn Police Chief Ferullo said the Greenland tragedy hits close to home. In December of 2010, Woburn Police officer John "Jack" Maguire was killed in the line of duty responding to an armed robbery. In September of 2011, Officer Robert DeNapoli was shot several times responding to an armed robbery at Four Corners.
"A situation like this hits very close to home after the past 18 months we have lived through," said Chief Ferullo. "The Woburn Police Department will be sending a contingency to Chief Maloney's funeral."