An Irish-American police officer was just days from retirement, when he was gunned down during a drugs bust on Thursday night.
A man opened fire on police during the drug raid killing Chief Michael Maloney (48) and injuring four other officers in Greenland, New Hampshire. It is understood the officers were trying to execute a drug warrant.
A father of a father to two and grandfather to one, Maloney had 26 years of experience in law enforcement, the last 12 as the chief of Greenland. He was scheduled to retire in just eight days. He was assisting the other four officers, who were part of a special drug task force.
"In those final days, he sacrificed his life in public service as a law enforcement officer in New Hampshire," Attorney General Michael Delaney said on Friday.
During the raid Detective Scott Kukesh and Detective Jeremiah Murphy were both shot in the chest and remain in intensive care. Two others officers, Detective Eric Kulberg and Detective Gregory Turner, were treated and released, one suffered a gunshot wound to the arm and the other a gunshot wound to the shoulder.
"It's a blow to all of us. You're stunned. It's New Hampshire, it's a small town," he said. "We're stunned. I mean all of us. It's an unbelievable situation." John Penacho, chairman of the town's Board of Selectman told CBS News.
After the brutal police shootout, early Friday morning, SWAT teams placed a robot inside the residence where it detected two dead bodies. One has been identified as Cullen Mutrie (29), who is believed to be the man who shot at officers. The female body is yet to be identified.
“The law enforcement community in New Hampshire is certainly grieving this morning,” Delaney said on Friday.
“But they have come together -- federal, state, and local agencies -- to do the job that law enforcement officers do every day, to secure the safety and protection of our citizens, and I’m proud of the work they have done during the past day.”