60 Year-old Officer, Who Was Preparing For Retirement, Was Shot 4 Times; He Leaves Behind a Wife and 2 Sons.
From The Associated Press
WOBURN, Mass. – Two men pleaded not guilty Monday to charges they were involved in the shooting death of a veteran police officer who responded to an armed robbery at a department store jewelry counter. One suspect was also killed.
Officer John Maguire was one of several officers who responded to 911 calls about a robbery at Kohl’s just before 9 p.m. Sunday in the midst of a snowstorm.
Maguire was chasing two suspects on foot when the gunfire began. Maguire and 57-year-old Dominic Cinelli, whom police identified as the man who fired the fatal shot, were both struck.
Maguire was taken to Lahey Clinic in Burlington, where he was pronounced dead. Cinelli of Woburn was pronounced dead at the scene.
A visibly shaken Woburn police Chief Philip Mahoney told reporters that Maguire was planning to work one more year before retiring and was moving from the night shift to the day shift in anticipation.
“We do not have shootings in Woburn. It’s not that type of community, and last night Officer Maguire lost his life defending it right in the middle of Washington Street,” he said. “It was almost like the Wild West between the two of them.”
Investigators said the 60-year-old Maguire was shot four times. He is survived by his wife and two children, ages 21 and 22.
Heavily armed police officers and state troopers used dogs to search nearby stores and retail complexes for other suspects, eventually arresting 19-year-old Scott Hanwright and 51-year-old Kevin Dingwell, both of nearby Wakefield.
Hanwright was charged Monday with first-degree murder and ordered held without bail. Dingwell, who police say was the getaway driver, was charged with being an accessory after the fact and ordered held on $1,000 bail.
Both pleaded not guilty during their arraignment. The Middlesex district attorney’s office didn’t have information on their lawyers.
Mahoney, who has been on the force for 41 years, said it’s the first time he can recall that that an officer has died in the line of duty in the city.
Woburn Mayor Scott Galvin remembered Maguire as a hardworking police officer who was proud to be carrying on a family tradition. His father once served as police chief.
Woburn, a city of about 40,000 residents, is about 10 miles north of Boston.
Menomonee Falls, Wis.-based Kohl’s is offering counseling to employees who were working at the time of the robbery.
“This was a tragedy for all involved and our deepest sympathy goes out to the officer’s family,” Kohl’s spokeswoman Vicki Shamion said in a statement, deferring further questions to Massachusetts authorities.
Dominic Cinelli was serving time for shooting a security guard during an armed robbery to feed his heroin addiction when he told the board in November 2008 that he was a changed man; Four months later the board unanimously voted to free Cinelli, the Boston Globe reported.
Oct. 2008: Dominic Cinelli tells Massachusetts Parole Board he’s a changed man. (Photo Courtesy of the Massachusetts Parole Board)
“I don’t know how any member of the Parole Board justifies that,” Laurie Myers, president of Community Voices, a Chelmsford-based nonprofit that advocates on behalf of crime victims, told the Globe. “He shouldn’t have been out, and now there’s another person dead.”
Cinelli had a lengthy rap sheet filled with armed robberies, assaults and other offenses, had been serving three life sentences since 1976, and had chronic disciplinary problems while in prison including two escapes during which he committed crimes, the Globe reported.
Still, he won the board over by saying the deaths in the family, including his mother’s, and drug counseling changed him, the paper reported.
“When you hear that somebody who had been serving three life sentences is released on parole and commits another violent crime that causes the death of a police officer, that causes us great concern,” Mark K. Leahy, president of the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association and the Northborough police chief told the Globe.
John Grossman, the state’s undersecretary of public safety and security, told the Globe that Gov. Deval Patrick ordered the Parole Board to review the decision.
“We’re doing a complete look at what happened, and whatever amount of time it takes to do it right, we’re going to take,” he said.
Anyone wishing to send sympathy cards to Officer Maguire’s Family and/or the Woburn Police Dept. can do so by sending them to:
Woburn Police Dept., Care of Chief PhillipL. Mahoney, 25 Harrison Ave., Woburn, MA 01801-9999; Phone 781-932-4510