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N.H. Supreme Court Rejects Lawsuit By Officers Injured In Greenland Shooting

NHPR Staff

The New Hampshire Supreme Court is refusing to reinstate a lawsuit filed by four officers who were injured in a 2012 shootout with a suspected drug dealer who shot to death Greenland Police Chief Michael Maloney.

The officers sued Cullen Mutrie's mother, claiming she should be held liable because she knew or should have known her son was dealing drugs from the house she owned. After firing on the officers, Mutrie killed his girlfriend and then himself on April 12, 2012.

A superior court judge in May 2013 dismissed the officers' lawsuit against Beverly Mutrie and her insurance carrier, saying her alleged wanton and reckless conduct did not constitute an accident the policy would cover.

The Supreme Court in its ruling Thursday unanimously upheld the trial court's decision.