Woburn Police Officer John “Jack” Maguire killed during armed robbery

Veteran Woburn police officer John “Jack” Maguire was shot and killed in an exchange of gunfire that erupted during a foot-chase following a robbery at a Kohl’s department store.

Scott Hanwright, 19, of Wakefield, has been charged with first degree murder and armed robbery.  Kevin Dingwell, 51, of Wakefield, was charged with accessory after the fact.

A third suspect, identified only as “Cinelli” in the Middlesex County District Attorney’s press release, was shot and killed after shooting Officer Maguire.

According to a press release from the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office, at 8:42pm last night, Woburn police responded to 911 calls of an armed robbery at Kohl’s Department Store on Washington St.  Responding officers engaged in a foot pursuit of Hanwright and Cinelli.

At that time, it is alleged that Cinelli and Officer Maguire exchanged gun fire and both were fatally wounded.  The officer was transported to the Lahey Clinic, where he later died.

Cinelli was pronounced at the scene.  Hanwright is alleged to have fled down Washington Street, where it is alleged Dingwell attempted to pick him up.  Both were arrested at this time.

“This is a horribly tragic and troubling incident in which a veteran officer was fatally shot in the line of duty,” District Attorney Gerry Leone said.  “We continue to investigate the circumstances of the shooting and will update the public with information as it is developed.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Officer Maguire’s family and his colleagues on the Woburn Police force at this time.”

The investigation into the incident remains active and ongoing.  The investigation is being conducted by Woburn Police and State Police assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office.

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About Attorney John J. MacLaughlan

John MacLaughlan is Massachusetts licensed attorney as well as a Boston police officer. John is currently assigned to the Youth Violence Strike Force (Gang Unit). He is a graduate of the Massachusetts School of Law with a concentration in Labor Law. He holds a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell as well as a Bachelors Degree in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. John has taught Defensive Tactics, Firearms, Use of Force, Applied Patrol Procedures, and Police Response to Active Shooters to sworn police officers and police academy recruits. Prior to becoming a Boston Police Officer, John served for 9 years as a police officer in Lowell, where he was a member of the Police Dive Team and Patrol Rifle Team.
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