GREENLAND, NH (CBS/AP) – A man believed to have killed Greenland, New Hampshire’s police chief during a drug raid was a former Hampton Falls firefighter, the department said Friday.
Cullen Mutrie, 29, was found dead in a house early Friday morning where he had barricaded himself after police say he shot five officers. One of those officers, Greenland Police Chief Michael Maloney died from his injuries.
The woman found dead in the home with Mutrie has been identified as Brittany Tibbetts. It is unclear whether Mutrie killed Tibbetts or whether it was a double suicide.
Brittany’s sister struggles to make sense of what went on. The Tibbets family says Brittany had broken up with Mutrie, but a short time ago, went back because she was worried about his mental state.
“I think she was just in love with him and was trying to help him and I have no idea what happened,” says Brittany’s sister Lindsay.
WBZ-TV has learned that Mutrie had a criminal record for past violence, had once been ordered to attend anger management, and was facing two separate trials this coming summer on charges for possession of anabolic steroids and domestic violence.
“The alleged person involved in the incident, Cullen B. Mutrie, had been a member of the Hampton Falls Fire Department,” Hampton Falls Fire Chief Jay Lord said in a statement Friday. “After a few years of very limited participation Mr. Mutrie resigned from the department to pursue other interests in July of 2010.”
In 2006, Mutrie was arrested on simple assault charges for punching a man in the head. He eventually pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of disorderly conduct.
In 2010, Mutrie was convicted of a simple assault charge for grabbing his girlfriend by the hair. He was fined and ordered to attend anger management.
Police say that the victim involved in that domestic violence charge against Mutrie was not the same woman who was found dead with him Friday.
At the time of the charge, the victim told police that Mutrie often carried a gun on him, kept one in his vehicle, along with one in his living room coffee table, and “a few” in his bedroom.
During that investigation, officers found anabolic steroids in Mutrie’s home and he was charged with possession.
Lee Miller, who lives next door to where the shootings took place, said she had complained to police repeatedly about suspected drug activity at the house and had been told it was under investigation.
“The neighborhood was raped by him. He came in and took over. And that was the end of our lives. There were fights out there at three, four o’clock in the morning,” she said. “I moved my bed all around the room to get away from the window that faces the driveway. I said the next place I’m going to be sleeping is the bathtub.”
Miller said Mutrie had lived in the house for seven years.
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