(GREENLAND, N.H.) — Two deceased individuals were found Friday in the New Hampshire home where an earlier shootout left one police officer dead and four other officers injured in what is believed to have ended in a double suicide or murder suicide.
The shooting occurred Thursday in Greenland, a coastal town of 3,500 outside Portsmouth, after a standoff with a suspect believed to be armed with a rifle.
The police officer fatally killed was Chief Michael Malone. Two officers are listed as critical, according to emergency services, while two others have been released from the hospital.
Chief Malone, who had 26 years of experience in law enforcement, was reportedly scheduled to retire in eight days.
“In those final days, he sacrificed his life in public service as a law enforcement officer in New Hampshire,” Attorney General Michael Delaney said early Friday.
SWAT teams placed a robot into the residence to gain entry early Friday. The robot detected two deceased individuals, one of whom has been identified as Cullen Mutrie, the man believed to have killed the police chief and shot the others, according to Detective Eric Kulberg. The other individual, a female, is still unidentified.
The shooter and woman remained holed up in the home into Friday morning, Delaney said.
Early reports from the crime scene indicated the use of a “sniper rifle,” though questions at a later press conference suggested an “automatic weapon” was used.
The incident may have been the result of a drug bust gone south, according to reports.
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Chuck Johnston, CNN Newswire
Ray Sanchez, CNN Newswire