Police Officer John Maguire Woburn Police Department Massachusetts End of Watch: Sunday, December 26, 2010

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Police Officer John Maguire
Woburn Police Department
Massachusetts

End of Watch: Sunday, December 26, 2010

Biographical Info
Age: 60
Tour of Duty: 34 years
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: Sunday, December 26, 2010
Weapon Used: Handgun
Suspect Info: Shot and killed

Officer John Maguire was shot and killed when he responded
to a robbery in progress at a local department store.
Two men entered a department store at 9:00pm, just as the
store was about to close. The men robbed the jewelry
counter, and then fled on foot.
Officer Magurie responded along with several other officers.
As one of the men fled the store he was confronted by Officer
Maguire. The two exchanged shots and Officer Maguire was
struck twice in the chest. He was transported to a hospital in
Burlington where he succumbed to his wounds. The suspect
was also killed in the exchange of gunfire.
The second suspect fled to a waiting car, where he fled with a
third suspect. Both men were later apprehended and face
multiple charges, including murder and robbery.
Officer Maguire had served with the Woburn Police Department
for 34 years.

Agency Contact Information
Woburn Police Department
25 Harrison Avenue
Woburn, MA 01801
Phone: (781) 932-4510
Please contact the Woburn Police Department for funeral arrangements or for survivor benefit fund information.

BOSTON — A Woburn police officer was shot and killed after a holdup at a Kohl’s jewelry counter in Woburn Sunday night and the suspect he was trying to arrest was also killed during the robbery attempt.

John "Jack" Maguire, 60, was shot twice in the chest, police said, when two men tried to rob the store at 445 Washington St. about 8:45 p.m. Sunday. He was taken to Lahey Clinic, where he later died, the Middlesex County District Attorney’s office said.

Maguire was a 34-year veteran of the Woburn Police Department, officials said.

Two were arrested and charged in connection with the shooting. Scott Hanwright, 19, of Wakefield, was charged with first degree murder and armed robbery. Kevin Dingwell, 51, of Wakefield, was charged with accessory after the fact, Woburn Police Chief Philip Mahoney said.

Police said an officer and a suspect were shot during a robbery attempt at the Kohl’s Department store in Woburn Sunday night.

They will be arraigned Monday in Woburn District Court, the district attorney said.

A man shoveling snow in front of the store at the time of the shooting said he saw a suspect run past him carrying boxes of jewelry. He said the man had a weapon in his hand.

"He had a gun. I was going to tackle him but I realized when he was running he had presents in his hand, but I didn’t see the gun right away. Then right down there, that’s when, next thing you know, I heard gunshots. Five of them," Jeff Browning said.

Browning said he heard the suspect tell the officer "Do not do it," before the shots were fired.

"This is a horribly tragic incident in which an 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 the officer’s family at this time."

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2 Responses to “Police Officer John Maguire Woburn Police Department Massachusetts End of Watch: Sunday, December 26, 2010”


  1. 1 Carol Oatley Russo, Waltham December 31, 2010 at 11:52

    My prayers go out to the family of Jack Maguire and to the men and women of the Woburn Police Department. To all those in blue, I salute you. Godspeed.


  1. 1 Woburndistrictcourt | Zxr12 Trackback on February 2, 2011 at 16:42

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