Police chief killed, 4 officers shot in NH

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GREENLAND, N.H. (WHDH) -- A New Hampshire Chief of Police was shot and killed, and four other officers injured, in a standoff at a Greenland, New Hampshire home Thursday night.

In a news conference Friday morning, Attorney General Michael Delaney said the officers, all part of a drug task force, were shot while serving a warrant at a home at 517 Post Road.

The suspect, Cullen Mutrie, and an unidentified woman barricaded themselves in the home following the shooting. Both were found dead inside the home Friday morning.

Greenland Police Chief Michael Maloney died Thursday night as a result of his injuries. The 26-year veteran of the force had served as Chief for 12 years and was only eight days from retirement.

The other officers shot were: Detective Gregory Turner, 32, a six-year veteran of the Dover police department, who was treated for a gunshot wound to the shoulder and released; Detective Eric Kulberg, 31, a seven-year veteran of the University of New Hampshire police department, who was treated for a gunshot wound to the arm and released; Detective Scott Kukesh, 33, a 10-year veteran of the Newmarket police department, who was in intensive care awaiting surgery for a gunshot wound to the chest; and Detective Jeremiah Murphy, 34, a seven-year veteran of the Rochester police department, who was in intensive care after surgery for a gunshot wound to the chest.

According to Attorney General Delaney, police briefly made contact with the barricaded suspect Thursday night but then lost contact.

“Tactical teams arrived and attempted to begin negotiations with the individuals inside the residence,” Attorney General Delaney said. “The tactical team was able to initially gain brief contact with Mr. Mutrie and had some brief conversation with him, but that conversation ended shortly thereafter and for a long period of the evening there was no contact with the individuals in the residence.”

It wasn’t until early Friday morning, when police sent a robot with a camera into the house, that police discovered the suspect and woman were dead. Police were still working to determine Friday morning whether their deaths were the result of a murder-suicide or a double suicide.

Governor John Lynch ordered flags lowered to half-staff across the state Friday morning.

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They were calling in cops from this from adjoining towns even adjoining states to deal with this.
 

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The 26-year veteran of the force had served as Chief for 12 years and was only eight days from retirement.
God damn it.
 
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And the perp...



A large, wannabe firefighter, known to possess guns and anabolic steroids, shot five police officers at his home Thursday night, wounding four and killing Police Chief Michael Maloney, say police.

It wasn't the first time uniformed officers went to Cullen Mutrie's 517 Post Road home, where Mutrie and an unidentified woman were found dead early Friday morning, about eight hours after the mass shooting. According to the Attorney General's office, police were at Mutrie's home for a drug investigation, where local police previously reported finding several types of steroids.

In July of 2010, local officers went to Mutrie's home to confiscate guns in the wake of his arrest for a violent domestic assault against his girlfriend. Police had information that Mutrie had "a few" guns in his bedroom, one in his vehicle, one in his living room and that he usually carried another one on his person. While they were there for the guns, officers found multiple types of steroids including testosterone cypionate, trenbolone acetate and nandrolone decanote, according to an affidavit by Officer Wayne Young.

The steroids were found in Mutrie's living room coffee table on July 24, 2010, but were not verified as steroids by the state crime lab until the following January.

Mutrie, who was 6-foot three-inches tall and weighed 275 pounds, was arrested for nine steroid-related felonies on Jan. 19, 2011, and was then released on $10,000 personal recognizance bail.

In addition to his arrest on a domestic assault charge, Mutrie pleaded guilty on August 14, 2007, to two class A misdemeanor simple assault charges, which stemmed from a brawl at the Portsmouth Gas Light Co. As part of a negotiated plea agreement with the prosecution, he was sentenced to serve two days in the Rockingham County House of Corrections.

But the following November, Mutrie was allowed by the Portsmouth Circuit Court to recant his guilty pleas because, a judge ruled, he misunderstood his lawyer’s advice and the potential career consequences of the convictions. Mutrie said at the time that he didn’t realize the resulting convictions would hurt his chances of becoming a firefighter. When he entered the guilty plea, he told a judge, he was “under the impression” that only a felony conviction could prevent him from being hired as a firefighter. “I took it out of convenience,” he said in the Portsmouth court.

In 2009 Mutrie subsequently pleaded guilty to a reduced violation-level charge of disorderly conduct which said he breached the peace by making excessive noise. Portsmouth Police Capt. Corey MacDonald said at the time that the charge was reduced due to the unavailability of witnesses.

Mutrie was court-ordered to perform 30 hours of community service and to stay away from the Gas Light for two years.

He was also ordered to complete an anger management program and to adhere to any recommended follow-up treatment.
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And his FB...

http://www.facebook.com/search/results.php?q=Cullen+Mutrie&type=users&init=public

Oh and his previous run in with the law...

PORTSMOUTH — A would-be firefighter was allowed to take back guilty pleas to assault charges because, a judge ruled, he misunderstood his lawyer’s advice and the potential career consequences.

An order written by District Court Judge Sawako Gardner, finds Cullen Mutrie, 25, of 517 Post Road, Greenland, “may not have been able to intelligently inquire about his career path and the consequences of his convictions....”

The judge noted she reached that conclusion after observing Mutrie during an Oct. 8 hearing he requested to withdraw his guilty pleas and because “he required his father’s assistance and guidance” during the hearing.

Mutrie is now eligible to apply for a public defender and a trial will be scheduled, in front of a different judge, to hear all evidence in the case.

According to prosecutor Corey MacDonald, that will include testimony from nine civilian and several police witnesses. MacDonald cited those witnesses during the Oct. 8 hearing, while arguing the guilty pleas should stand.

Mutrie pleaded guilty on August 14 to the pair of class A misdemeanor simple assault charges stemming from a fight at the Portsmouth Gas Light Co. As part of a negotiated plea agreement with the prosecution, he was sentenced to serve two days in the Rockingham County House of Corrections.

He subsequently filed to withdraw the pleas because, he told the court, he didn’t realize the resulting conviction would hurt his chances of becoming a firefighter. When he entered the guilty plea, he told Judge Gardner during his Oct. hearing, he was “under the impression” that only a felony conviction could prevent him from being hired as a firefighter.

“I took it out of convenience,” he said about plea deal.

The court also found Mutrie received legal advice suggesting only felony convictions could hurt has employment. Mutrie previously told the court he has worked as a volunteer firefighter for seven years and has been going to school nights and weekends “to get certified.”
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FYI they closed the road down that paralleled 95... and apparently there were a shit ton of police vehicles parked on the shoulder on 95 in that area.
 

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Was watching this on the news this morning. I really want to know more about why the house was raided and whether it was a no-knock raid.
 
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Was watching this on the news this morning. I really want to know more about why the house was raided and whether it was a no-knock raid.
Dunno about the no-knock thing... but the guy was apparently trafficking steroids.

Oh and when I was listening to the scanner feed the cops were complaining that reporters were breaching the perimeter.
 

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Detective Scott Kukesh, 33, a 10-year veteran of the Newmarket police department, who was in intensive care awaiting surgery for a gunshot wound to the chest; and Detective Jeremiah Murphy, 34, a seven-year veteran of the Rochester police department, who was in intensive care after surgery for a gunshot wound to the chest.
They go to serve a warrant for a drug charge on a guy known to be a fan of guns and they're not wearing vests?
 

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No VT yet to cheer the death of another cop?
 
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Girlfriend discovered dead in Mutrie's home



Twenty-six-year-old Brittany Tibbetts was worried enough about boyfriend Cullen Mutrie's mental state in the weeks before Thursday's horrific shooting in Greenland, N.H., that she returned to her family's local farm and ended her relationship with him.

However, she returned to Mutrie's side just days before the shooting because she was concerned for his safety, Tibbetts' mother, Donna, said Friday.

"She was worried about his mental state. That's why she went back," Tibbetts said in an interview at the family's dairy farm off Blackberry Hill Road in Berwick. "That's why she went back."

It was a mistake, her mother said, that proved fatal.

Brittany Tibbetts was the woman found dead at 517 Post Road early Friday morning after an hours-long standoff between Mutrie and law enforcement from across the region. Mutrie shot and killed Greenland Police Chief Michael Maloney, just eight days before Maloney's retirement, and wounded four other officers before apparently taking his own life.

It is unclear whether Mutrie killed Tibbetts or whether it was a double suicide. Her family does not know. Donna Tibbetts said all she was told was that her daughter's body was found in the basement of the home, while Mutrie was found upstairs.

Tibbetts' cousin, Michael Tibbetts, said he did not know whether his cousin would kill herself over her boyfriend's actions but added it was a possibility. "(If) you're a witness to that, how are you going to live with that the rest of your life?" he said. "That's a hell of a thing to live with."

He said his cousin sent a text message to a friend Thursday night indicating "her life was ending."

The N.H. Attorney General's Office has refused to confirm the identity of the woman found dead at the home. Senior Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey Strelzin said the body would be positively identified following an autopsy scheduled for today.

Donna Tibbetts said she drove to Greenland early Friday morning after getting a call from a friend saying her daughter's address was the location of a shooting. Tibbetts said she was relegated to a waiting room at the police staging area at Greenland Central School and waited until 4:30 a.m. for news about her daughter.

Tibbetts said she is still in the dark about much of the case, noting she does not even know whether her daughter was shot. She was stoic during Friday's interview but said it has been an emotional time for the family. She said when she returned to the family farm, she sat on a footbridge by the ponds and "had (her) moment."

She described her daughter as the kind of woman who wanted to help others, which is why she returned to Mutrie's side despite concerns he might get violent toward her. "That was the kind of person she was," the grieving mother said. "She always was drawn to the people who needed a shoulder."

Tibbetts said her daughter was a 2004 graduate of Noble High School, where she played softball and was named Gatorade Pitcher of the Year in 2003-04. She worked at Hair Excitement at the Fox Run Mall in Newington for five years and recently had dreams of opening her own salon, Tibbetts said. She nearly opened a salon in a Seacoast community before being told she would need to spend $30,000 on expanding a septic system, Tibbetts said.

On Brittany Tibbetts' Facebook page, there are pictures of her and Mutrie kissing and hugging. Her most recent status update was from April 1, when she changed her relationship status from "In a Relationship" to "Single."

Donna Tibbetts said her daughter returned to Greenland because she was concerned after Mutrie lost a ring that was a memento from his deceased father. Tibbetts said she knew of Mutrie's issues with steroids, but her daughter thought he had the problem under control.

"He wanted to be a firefighter and paramedic. She thought he was getting back on track," Tibbetts said.

Instead, her daughter became an accessory to one of the most violent and emotionally jarring police incidents in New Hampshire history. Tibbetts said she wishes her daughter had not returned to Mutrie, but cannot blame herself or her husband for it.

"We raised our two daughters the best we could," she said.

"When you get to be 26, you make (your own) choices. Unfortunately, she made a bad choice to go back."

Tibbetts said she also is grieving for the families of Maloney and the officers wounded in the shooting.

"I feel horrible for that and I feel horrible for Cullen's mother," she said.
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Girlfriend discovered dead in Mutrie's home



Twenty-six-year-old Brittany Tibbetts was worried enough about boyfriend Cullen Mutrie's mental state in the weeks before Thursday's horrific shooting in Greenland, N.H., that she returned to her family's local farm and ended her relationship with him.

However, she returned to Mutrie's side just days before the shooting because she was concerned for his safety, Tibbetts' mother, Donna, said Friday.

"She was worried about his mental state. That's why she went back," Tibbetts said in an interview at the family's dairy farm off Blackberry Hill Road in Berwick. "That's why she went back."

It was a mistake, her mother said, that proved fatal.

Brittany Tibbetts was the woman found dead at 517 Post Road early Friday morning after an hours-long standoff between Mutrie and law enforcement from across the region. Mutrie shot and killed Greenland Police Chief Michael Maloney, just eight days before Maloney's retirement, and wounded four other officers before apparently taking his own life.

It is unclear whether Mutrie killed Tibbetts or whether it was a double suicide. Her family does not know. Donna Tibbetts said all she was told was that her daughter's body was found in the basement of the home, while Mutrie was found upstairs.

Tibbetts' cousin, Michael Tibbetts, said he did not know whether his cousin would kill herself over her boyfriend's actions but added it was a possibility. "(If) you're a witness to that, how are you going to live with that the rest of your life?" he said. "That's a hell of a thing to live with."

He said his cousin sent a text message to a friend Thursday night indicating "her life was ending."

The N.H. Attorney General's Office has refused to confirm the identity of the woman found dead at the home. Senior Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey Strelzin said the body would be positively identified following an autopsy scheduled for today.

Donna Tibbetts said she drove to Greenland early Friday morning after getting a call from a friend saying her daughter's address was the location of a shooting. Tibbetts said she was relegated to a waiting room at the police staging area at Greenland Central School and waited until 4:30 a.m. for news about her daughter.

Tibbetts said she is still in the dark about much of the case, noting she does not even know whether her daughter was shot. She was stoic during Friday's interview but said it has been an emotional time for the family. She said when she returned to the family farm, she sat on a footbridge by the ponds and "had (her) moment."

She described her daughter as the kind of woman who wanted to help others, which is why she returned to Mutrie's side despite concerns he might get violent toward her. "That was the kind of person she was," the grieving mother said. "She always was drawn to the people who needed a shoulder."

Tibbetts said her daughter was a 2004 graduate of Noble High School, where she played softball and was named Gatorade Pitcher of the Year in 2003-04. She worked at Hair Excitement at the Fox Run Mall in Newington for five years and recently had dreams of opening her own salon, Tibbetts said. She nearly opened a salon in a Seacoast community before being told she would need to spend $30,000 on expanding a septic system, Tibbetts said.

On Brittany Tibbetts' Facebook page, there are pictures of her and Mutrie kissing and hugging. Her most recent status update was from April 1, when she changed her relationship status from "In a Relationship" to "Single."

Donna Tibbetts said her daughter returned to Greenland because she was concerned after Mutrie lost a ring that was a memento from his deceased father. Tibbetts said she knew of Mutrie's issues with steroids, but her daughter thought he had the problem under control.

"He wanted to be a firefighter and paramedic. She thought he was getting back on track," Tibbetts said.

Instead, her daughter became an accessory to one of the most violent and emotionally jarring police incidents in New Hampshire history. Tibbetts said she wishes her daughter had not returned to Mutrie, but cannot blame herself or her husband for it.

"We raised our two daughters the best we could," she said.

"When you get to be 26, you make (your own) choices. Unfortunately, she made a bad choice to go back."

Tibbetts said she also is grieving for the families of Maloney and the officers wounded in the shooting.

"I feel horrible for that and I feel horrible for Cullen's mother," she said.
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Terrible, this piece of shit ruined a lot of peoples lives. Selfish fucking asshole.

Let's not allow ourselves to be victims when we don't have to be, though. This is some scary shit right here:
Tibbetts' cousin, Michael Tibbetts, said he did not know whether his cousin would kill herself over her boyfriend's actions but added it was a possibility. "(If) you're a witness to that, how are you going to live with that the rest of your life?" he said. "That's a hell of a thing to live with."
Now, we don't know if she did off herself, but just the idea that this guy thinks it would be understandable for someone to take their own life just because some other asshole they were involved with flipped out on steroids and went on a rampage is unbelievable to me. Are we really that weak that we have to end it all because we saw something bad happen? Why is he saying that as if it is normal and acceptable?
 

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Terrible, this piece of shit ruined a lot of peoples lives. Selfish fucking asshole.

Let's not allow ourselves to be victims when we don't have to be, though. This is some scary shit right here:
Tibbetts' cousin, Michael Tibbetts, said he did not know whether his cousin would kill herself over her boyfriend's actions but added it was a possibility. "(If) you're a witness to that, how are you going to live with that the rest of your life?" he said. "That's a hell of a thing to live with."
Now, we don't know if she did off herself, but just the idea that this guy thinks it would be understandable for someone to take their own life just because some other asshole they were involved with flipped out on steroids and went on a rampage is unbelievable to me. Are we really that weak that we have to end it all because we saw something bad happen? Why is he saying that as if it is normal and acceptable?
 

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So basically, they were bothering this guy for no good reason.
 
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***Follow Up***



Law enforcement consultant Tim Sanborn of Rye wears a concealable bullet-resistant vest worn by most police officers. The tactical vest, left, worn by SWAT team members, includes a throat protector

GREENLAND — Six Drug Task Force officers involved in a deadly April 12 shootout were wearing bullet-resistant vests and two of them were critically injured by bullets that hit above the necklines of their vests, said Associate Attorney General Jane Young.

Most bullet-resistant vests have the same neckline, said Tim Sanborn of Rye, who has sold body armor for law enforcement organizations and has undergone ballistics training. The exceptions, Sanborn said, are tactical vests which have throat protectors, worn by members of SWAT teams.

“Throat protectors and helmets are standard gear for SWAT teams,” he said. “But you wouldn't think you'd need a tactical vest and helmet to serve a search warrant in Greenland, New Hampshire.”

The DTF officers were at the 517 Post Road home of Cullen Mutrie on April 12 with a warrant as part of an investigation into the sales of oxycodone, Young said. After Mutrie didn't respond to initial contact by local police officers, the DTF officers “breached” Mutrie's front door and were met with gunfire, the AG said.

Four DTF officers were shot by an initial series of gunshots, then Greenland Police Chief Michael Maloney was killed by a subsequent shot fired from a front basement window, Young said. Two of the four DTF officers - Detective Scott Kukesh of the Newmarket Police Department and Detective Jeremiah Murphy of the Rochester Police Department - were initially hospitalized in intensive care, then were subsequently released.

Young said Wednesday she didn't know yet if the six DTF officers were wearing different types of vests because her office hasn't completed its investigation into Maloney's murder, the shootings of the four officers and the murder-suicide of Mutrie and his alleged drug-dealing accomplice Brittany Tibbetts.
“Until we've talked to everybody, I can't answer that,” said Young, who confirmed the two seriously injured officers were shot in the area above their vests and below their necks.

Sanborn said he has demonstrated different types of body armor at the University of New Hampshire to 100 area members of law enforcement. He said he's also worked with training and procurement officers representing most area police departments, including those that employ the DTF officers injured during the Greenland shootout.

UNH police tested SWAT gear for a couple of months and Portsmouth police tried prototype bullet-resistant vests with chest cups for female officers, he said. Most of the vests are customized to fit a specific officer and some have adjustable shoulder straps, Sanborn said.

Concealable vests, worn by most members of law enforcement, have the same necklines because the vests have a tendency to ride up when an officer sits down, said Sanborn. Large stomachs also cause the vests to rise, he said.

Sanborn said he marketed new vests made with a substitute for Kevlar to area police departments, including to the late Chief Maloney. He said the Greenland chief was interested in the new technology, but didn't have the money in his budget at the time and wasn't eligible for a federal grant which pays half the costs for police departments to buy body armor every five years.

The AG's office said Maloney died from a gunshot wound to the head.
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Not much outside of a ballistic helmet could have helped Chief Maloney. Without rereading the entire story I guess it was known that this guy was armed. I'd be really hesitant to serve a warrant on a known armed dope dealer and not be wearing the proper equipment. I fear this is yet another story of a police department that doesn't spend enough on officer safety. I have seen it in the past. A small department has Tahoes or other high end patrol vehicles with all the bells and whistles and the officers don't have decent vests and other basic safety equipment. Either that, or they are sorely underfunded.