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April 13. 2012 9:28AM

Neighbors of accused cop killer "not surprised"

GREENLAND - Don and Lee Miller were shocked by the tragic shooting that left Police Chief Michael Maloney dead and four other officers injured Thursday, but they said they weren’t surprised because there was often trouble at the suspected killer’s home.

“The only surprise was when it happened,” Don Miller said Friday morning at the town offices, where he and his wife remained after being evacuated from their residence after shots rang out at the home of their neighbor, Cullen Mutrie.

Mutrie, 29, was found dead Friday morning, along with a woman inside his residence at 517 Post Road. They died of gunshots from a double suicide or murder-suicide, authorities said.

Mutrie, who has a criminal record that includes drug offenses, has lived at the residence for about seven years and “terrorized the neighborhood,” Lee Miller said.

“There was always traffic in and out. There was yelling and screaming in the middle of the night outside. We technically were prisoners in our own home,” she said. “He controlled what went on.”

Lee Miller said there were times when she didn’t feel comfortable going outside because of Mutrie and the traffic going in and out.

“For the first time ever I had to buy curtains for the windows to block that side of the house,” she said.

The shooting has shaken other Post Road residents as well, including Elaina Valzania, 55, who kept her doors locked as the incident unfolded Thursday night. She’s lived in town for more than 45 years and said she’s heartbroken.

“It’s outrageous, and especially with what happened to Chief Maloney, and so close to retirement. We should be appalled and we should take a break and say, ‘This isn’t acceptable anymore,’” she said of crime that is taking over some of New Hampshire’s small towns.


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