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Police Officers Shot by Armed Suspect in New Hampshire

ABC News(GREENLAND, N.H.) -- One police officer was killed and four other officers were injured in New Hampshire Thursday evening in a standoff with a suspect armed with a rifle, authorities said.

The shooting occurred in Greenland, outside Portsmouth, N.H., on the coast.

The police officer fatally killed was Chief Michael Maloney who was reportedly scheduled to retire in eight days. Two officers are listed as critical, according to emergency services, while two others are wounded with their condition unknown.

Reports of three civilians shot have not been confirmed.

Early reports from the crime scene indicated "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.

The shootout is the latest in the rising toll of officers shot by suspects, a trend that counters a decline in many other crimes around the country.

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