GREENLAND, N.H. — An official with knowledge of the investigation said the police chief of a small New Hampshire seacoast town was killed in a a drug bust-turned-shootout Thursday that also left four other officers wounded.
The official, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity, said Greenland Police Chief Michael Maloney was the officer killed. Maloney was due to retire in less than two weeks.
Greenland has just seven police officers, including Maloney.
The official spoke anonymously because he was not authorized to speak ahead of the
official release of the identities of those involved. Names were not immediately released because their relatives had not all been notified.
State Attorney General Mike Delaney said the shooter and a woman remained holed up in the home in Greenland around 10:30 p.m., about four hours after the initial confrontation.
Streets all around the home were blocked off and officers stood at roadblocks in the pouring rain.
State police and officers from many departments responded to the community of about 3,500, about five miles from Portsmouth.
New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch was at Portsmouth Regional Hospital, where the officers were taken.
“This is a tragic incident, and my thoughts and prayers are with the officers involved and their families,” he said.
The town’s schools will be closed Friday, because law enforcement officers are using the elementary school as a staging area.
Source: Associated Press