Rochester welcomes officer injured in Greenland shooting back to work
GREENLAND — Sixteen months after Greenland Police Chief Michael Maloney was gunned down in a shooting outside a Post Road home, the last of the four other officers wounded in the ambush returned to work last week.
Rochester police Detective Jeremiah Murphy is now back on the job — closing another chapter in the tragedy that shook New Hampshire’s law enforcement community to its core.
“Everyone is excited to have him back and I know he’s excited to be back. He’s a great employee and does a wonderful job in our investigative division. I know he had a long 16-month recovery process, but I admire his dedication and his commitment to wanting to achieve a full recovery and come back to work,” Rochester Police Chief Michael Allen said.
Murphy was one of four members of the state Attorney General’s Office’s Drug Task Force who were shot during a raid at the home of Cullen Mutrie on April 12, 2012.
Mutrie opened fire on the officers, wounding Murphy, Newmarket Detective Scott Kukesh, Dover Detective Gregory Turner, and University of New Hampshire Detective Eric Kulberg.
Mutrie shot and killed Maloney before later murdering his estranged girlfriend, Brittany Tibbetts, and then turning the gun on himself inside his home at 517 Post Road.
Greenland Police Chief Tara Laurent, who was sworn in to replace Maloney on the night of the shooting, said she and other members of the Greenland Police Department were excited to hear that Murphy is back to work.
“Although the April 12th incident will always be a part of all of our lives, Detective Murphy’s return closes the final chapter in that tragedy. He, like the other members of the AG’s Drug Task Force, is truly a testament to the willpower, dedication and camaraderie of law enforcement officers everywhere. I feel humbled and honored to call him a friend,” Laurent said.
Members of the Rochester Police Department and other city officials threw Murphy a welcome back luncheon when he returned on Aug. 6. Allen said he wasn’t at all surprised that Murphy returned to the job he has loved since joining the department in 2004.
“His injuries were very serious and life- threatening. What I am amazed at is, 16 months may seem like a long time, but based on the severity of his injuries, I’m amazed that he was able to achieve as quick a recovery as he did. There was a lot of uncertainty along the way,” Allen said. “Because of his determination and strong character I think he was able to do it much more quickly than someone else who might go through the same type of thing.”
Other wounded officers returned to work in the weeks and months after the shooting.
One of the first back on the job was Dover Detective Gregory Turner.
Dover Police Chief Anthony Colarusso Jr. said Turner returned to duty within about 10 days after he suffered a gunshot wound to the shoulder.
“Fortunately it was a pass-through wound in the shoulder area and he was able to recover pretty quickly. He’s fully recovered and doing well,” he said.
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