CONWAY CHIEF REFLECTS ON GREENLAND SHOOTING

by Christian Mower on April 13, 2012

NEW HAMPSHIRE GOV. JOHN LYNCH ORDERED FLAGS TO BE FLOWN AT HALF STAFF AROUND THE STATE IN HONOR OF GREENLAND POLICE CHIEF MICHAEL MALONEY, WHO WAS SHOT AND KILLED THURSDAY NIGHT IN A SHOOTING INCIDENT IN WHICH FOUR OTHER OFFICERS WERE WOUNDED.

LYNCH SAYS THE KILLING OF A POLICE OFFICER DEEPLY IMPACTS EVERYONE IN NEW HAMPSHIRE AND HE’S ASKING THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE TO HONOR THE SACRIFICE OF CHIEF MALONEY – SUPPORT HIS FAMILY – AND HE SAYS HE IS PRAYING FOR THE RECOVERY OF THE WOUNDED OFFICERS.

CONWAY POLICE CHIEF ED WAGNER SAID FRIDAY IT WAS A SOMBER DAY – AND THAT THE BROTHER OF A PERSON WHO LIVES HERE IN THE VALLEY WAS ACTUALLY THE PERSON WHO DROVE CHIEF MALONEY TO THE HOSPITAL AFTER HE WAS SHOT.

THE CHIEF SAYS UNLIKE OTHER PROFESSIONS, WHEN SOMETHING TRAGIC HAPPENS IN HIS LINE OF WORK, PEOPLE GET KILLED. HE SAYS THERE IS NO PLACE IN THE WORLD WHERE THIS TYPE OF TRAGEDY DOESN’T HAPPEN.

WAGNER SAYS HE WAS WATCHING TV NEWS COVERAGE OF THE EVENT FOR SEVERAL HOURS THURSDAY AND HE AND HIS WIFE LEARNED BEFORE IT WAS ANNOUNCED PUBLICLY THAT CHIEF MALONEY HAD DIED.

WAGNER SAYS HE DIDN’T KNOW MALONEY, BUT HE STILL HAS A CONNECTION WITH HIM BECAUSE THEY DO THE SAME THING.

NEWS REPORTS INDICATE CHIEF MALONEY – WHO WAS 48 YEARS OLD – WAS DUE TO RETIRE FROM THE POLICE FORCE THIS MONTH (APRIL).