WOBURN – A Wakefield teenager was ordered held without bail today on charges related to the fatal shooting of a veteran Woburn police officer during an attempted robbery of a department store Sunday night.
Scott Hanwright, 19, allegedly served as a lookout during the jewelry robbery at the Kohl’s department store on Washington Street. A second man, Kevin Dingwell, 51, of Wakefield, was charged with accessory after the fact for apparently trying to give Hanwright a ride from the scene. He was ordered held on $1,000 cash bail. Both men pleaded not guilty.
A third suspect, 57-year-old Dominic Cinelli, was killed during the shootout with the officer, who had responded to the call of the robbery.
The officer was identified today as 60-year-old John B. “Jack” Maguire, a 34-year veteran of the force and the son of the late Woburn Police Chief Thomas J. Maguire.
Woburn Police Chief Philip Mahoney, wearing a black band around his badge, said during an afternoon press conference that Maguire, “gave his life to this department, this community.”
Maguire is believed to be the first Woburn police officer to die in the line of duty.
“This is a horribly tragic and troubling incident in which a veteran officer was fatally shot in the line of duty,” said Middlesex District Attorney Gerard T. Leone, whose office is investigating the shooting. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Officer Maguire’s family and his colleagues on the Woburn police force at this time.”
Woburn Mayor Scott Galvin said today that Maguire was a dedicated member of the police department who came from a well-known and respected family. The mayor said he has seen an outpouring of support from the community.
“Jack’s tragic death in the line of duty served to point out the tremendous sacrifices and risks that our public safety officers, both police and fire, take on each and every time they put on their uniform,” the mayor said. ”I know that all city officials, city employees, and each and every resident of our city that Jack served would join me in extending our thoughts and prayers and offers of support to his family, and to his extended family of brother and sister police officers of the city of Woburn.”
The shooting occurred just after 8:30 p.m. Sunday, during the height of the snowstorm. Several Woburn officers responded to a call of an armed robbery at the Kohl’s department store on Washington Street, not long before closing time. At one point, officers engaged in a foot pursuit of Hanwright and Cinelli. Cinelli then engaged in gunfire with Maguire. The officer was struck twice in the chest.
Maguire was transported to Lahey Clinic in Burlington, where he was pronounced dead.
Cinelli was pronounced dead at the scene.
Hanwright allegedly fled down Washington Street, where Dingwell was waiting nearby in a car. Both were arrested.
Woburn police and State Police detectives assigned to Leone’s office continue to investigate the shooting. A spokeswoman for Kohl's said that the store is cooperating with investigators, and she referred questions to police.
Police Sergeant Glen Mills said today that the shooting is a reminder for the public of the dangers that even a small-town police officer may face.
“A lot of people don’t believe we deal with real criminals,” he said. “But we have them everywhere. Woburn, Burlington, Stoneham … That’s just the reality of it.”
Galvin, who knew Maguire and his brother Chuck Maguire, a former probation officer, today thanked the work of neighboring police departments and State Police who responded to the armed robbery and the police shooting.
“We join with all their efforts in honoring the sacrifice made by Jack Maguire and we, as a city, pledge our full efforts to do what needs to be done to support his family and the police department that he so proudly served,” he said.
Maguire leaves his wife and two children. Funeral arrangements have not been finalized.
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