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NH police chief, days from retirement, shot dead

Associated Press Modified: April 13, 2012 at 10:46 pm •  Published: April 13, 2012

GREENLAND, N.H. (AP) — Several hundred people have gathered for a candlelight vigil held in honor of the chief of a small-town New Hampshire police department who was shot dead just days from retirement.

Greenland police Chief Michael Maloney was trying to serve a search warrant Thursday night when a suspect opened fire, killing the chief and injuring four officers from other departments.

Municipal offices closed Friday in light of Maloney's death, and mourners congregated outside Town Hall, some hugging and crying.

Town Selectman John Penacho said Maloney "died trying to make our community safe." Said police Sgt. Dawn Sawyer: "He loved his job, that's what he did, that's who he was. He had a passion for this job always."

Maloney had 26 years of experience in law enforcement.