CONCORD, New Hampshire — The New Hampshire Supreme Court on Thursday declined to reinstate a lawsuit filed by four officers who were injured in a 2012 shootout with a suspected drug dealer who fatally shot Greenland Police Chief Michael Maloney.
The officers sued Cullen Mutrie's mother, saying she was liable for their injuries because she knew or should have known her son was dealing drugs from the house she owned. Maloney and the officers were fired on April 12, 2012, as they tried to execute a search warrant for drugs. Mutrie, 29, then killed his girlfriend and himself.
With its ruling, the court upheld the trial court's decision in May 2013 to dismiss the lawsuit against Beverly Mutrie and her insurance carrier because her alleged wanton and reckless conduct did not constitute an accident the policy would cover.
Maloney was shot to death just days before he was to retire. The injured officers, members of the Attorney General's Drug Task Force, were Dover Detective Gregory Turner, Newmarket Detective Scott Kukesh, University of New Hampshire Detective Eric Kulberg and Rochester Detective Jeremiah Murphy.
After the shootings, investigators found 27 grams of cocaine, three vials of anabolic steroids and seven grams of hallucinogenic mushrooms in the home, along with $14,000 in cash.