WOBURN (CBS/AP) — Two Wakefield men were charged Monday in connection with the shooting death of a Woburn police officer on Sunday evening. A third suspect was shot and killed.
Woburn police officer John “Jack” Maguire was killed when he responded to a report of an armed robbery at the jewelry counter of the Kohl’s department store on Washington Street.
WBZ-TV’s Alana Gomez reports.
Investigators say two men robbed the store just before 9 p.m., in the middle of the blizzard. When police arrived on the scene, they began chasing the two men on foot. During that chase, one suspect exchanged gunfire with officer Maguire. Maguire was shot at least four times. Both men were killed. The deceased suspect has been identified as Dominic Cinelli, 57, of Woburn.
Sources tell WBZ-TV that Cinelli was paroled within the past few years after serving time for an armed robbery in Boston where he shot at a security guard.
Prosecutors said the suspects had a well-rehearsed plan to rob the store’s jewelry counter. Hanwright allegedly kept watch outside the store while Cinelli robbed the jewelry section just as the employees were opening the cases for the night. Dingwell was accused of being the getaway car, parked in a placed they picked in advance for an easy escape.
WBZ News Radio’s Bernice Corpuz reports.
Prosecutors said Hanwright tried to take off his mask and blend in with others in the parking lot after the firefight between Officer Maguire and Cinelli. Officers took him into custody after he tried calling Dingwell to pick him up.
“This is a horribly tragic and troubling incident in which a veteran officer was fatally shot in the line of duty,” District Attorney Gerry Leone said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Officer Maguire’s family and his colleagues on the Woburn Police force at this time.”
The second man allegedly involved in the robbery, 19-year-old Scott Hanwright of Wakefield, was captured down the street where 51-year-old Kevin Dingwell, also of Wakefield, was allegedly trying to pick him up.
Hanwright is charged with first degree murder and armed robbery. Dingwell is charged as an accessory after the fact.
At their arraignment, Hanwright was ordered held without bail, Dingwell was ordered held on $1,000 cash bail.
Woburn police Chief Philip Mahoney said Maguire was 60 and that next year was going to be the 34-year veteran’s last before retirement. He’s survived by his wife and three adult children.
Chief Mahoney said Maguire was the first officer from the Woburn Police Department to ever lose his life in the line of duty.
We do not have shootings in Woburn it’s not that type of community,” said Chief Mahoney.
Officer Maguire’s father served as former chief of Woburn Police Department.
WBZ-TV’s Alana Gomez contributed to this report.
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