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NH police chief, days from retirement, shot dead

NH police chief, days from retirement, fatally shot while serving warrant By The Associated Press

GREENLAND, N.H. (AP) ' Michael Maloney was only a few days from retirement as chief of a small-town New Hampshire police department. But one final drug bust that would rid a neighborhood of its menace left him dead.

Maloney was trying to serve a search warrant Thursday night when a suspect opened fire, killing the chief and injuring four detectives.

After a standoff, the bodies of the gunman and a female acquaintance were found early Friday in an apparent murder-suicide or double suicide.

The police shootings have devastated Greenland, a coastal town of 3,500 that had just seven officers. Residents are gathering Friday night for a candlelight vigil at the Town Hall.

Maloney had 26 years of experience in law enforcement, the last 12 as chief of the Greenland department.

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