New Details Surface on Killing of Officer Maguire
Plow operator tried to stop the alleged killer, but was threatened.
Authorities have released more information this afternoon regarding the shooting death of Woburn Officer and Wilmington resident John “Jack” Maguire in December.
Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone relayed the information to the press late Thursday.
According to Leone, Dominic Cinelli, 57, of Woburn, the alleged killer of Officer Maguire, pointed his gun at another Woburn Police Officer and a plow operator, after robbing the Kohl’s Department Store jewelry counter on Dec. 26.
Investigation into the armed robbery and shooting showed that Cinelli and Scott Hanright, 19, of Wakefield, walked across the Kohl’s parking lot together as seen on the store’s surveillance tapes. Hanright remained outside the store, while Cinelli entered, carrying a duffel bag.
In the tapes, Cinelli is shown walking straight to the jewelry counter.
According to authorities, Cinelli drew his gun and grabbed the woman behind the jewelry counter and demanded that she call the manager to open the safes.
“Another female clerk approached to help, and Cinelli threatened her with the gun before throwing her to the ground,” said authorities in a statement late Thursday afternoon. “When the managers arrived they were threatened and ordered at gunpoint to begin opening the safes. The women did so and dumped the jewelry, which was the property of Kohl’s and valued in excess of $100,000, from the safes into Cinelli’s bag.”
While still pointing the gun at employees, the surveillance tape shows that Cinelli left the store and can be seen on the video pausing as he noticed a Woburn Police cruiser parked in front of the store.
Woburn Police Officer Glenn Grammer had already exited the cruiser, responding to 911 calls of an armed robbery in progress at Kohl’s at 8:42 p.m. He had spotted Hanright, who was standing in front of the entrance without a coat, hat or gloves. Later, police recovered a ski mask near a trash can in the foyer of Kohl’s, where Hanright had been seen standing in the surveillance video.
Authorities said that Cinelli had raised his gun and pointed it, threatening Officer Grammer. Cinelli then took off, dropping small jewelry boxes as he ran.
Officer Grammer pursued the suspect, following Cinelli who was heading out of the parking lot onto Washington Street. Before Cinelli could reach Washington Street, a plow driver, who was clearing the Kohl’s parking lot at the time of the incident, saw what was happening and tried to block the robber with his plow.
Authorities say Cinelli raised his gun at the plow driver, who then pulled the steel blade of the plow up to protect himself. Although the plow operator still tried to block Cinelli, the 57-year-old got past the plow and turned onto Washington Street.
Officer Maguire arrived at the scene at that time and exited his cruiser, as Cinelli ran by him with his gun drawn.
Authorities allege that Cinelli and Officer Maguire exchanged gunfire and both fatally shot and wounded the other.
Officer Maguire was transported to the Lahey Clinic, where he later died. Cinelli was pronounced dead at the scene.
During the shootout, authorities allege Hanright fled the area and phoned Dingwell, asking him to pick him up at Lowe’s. Hanright was arrested on his way into the Lowe’s parking lot after his description was broadcasted to police.
Dingwell, unaware of Hanright’s arrest, allegedly parked in the furthest section of the Lowe’s parking lot and waited for the 19-year-old.
An officer approached the vehicle, according to authorities, and Dingwell was taken into custody.
Hanright was charged with first-degree murder and armed robbery and was ordered held without bail at his arraignment on Dec. 27 in Woburn District Court. Dingwell was charged with accessory after the fact and ordered held on $1,000 cash bail.
The investigation is ongoing and is being conducted by Woburn Police and State Police assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney's Office.
The prosecutor assigned to the case is MDAO’s General Counsel Marian Ryan. The Victim Witness Advocate is Anne Foley.