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Too bad this pos was paroled instead of euthanized..

Shootout ended in hail of bullets, diamonds

When a career cop on the verge of retirement crossed paths with a paroled thug aiming to restart his criminal career at Kohl’s jewelry counter Sunday night in Woburn, it ended with splatters of blood, scattered diamonds and two men dead in the wind-driven snow.

It was the first and last time in 34 years of public service that Woburn police officer John “Jack” Maguire, 60, a married father, had fired his gun on the job. He planned to retire in October.

“It was like the Wild West,” Woburn Police Chief Philip Mahoney said, his voice cracking as he fought to maintain his composure. “We do not have shootings in Woburn. We do not have that kind of community. Officer Maguire lost his life defending it.”

The town’s post-Christmas peace was shattered by ex-con Dominic Cinelli, 57, of Woburn, and his plan to use the blizzard’s cover to knock over the department store. His scheme ended in the exchange of gunfire, which left him dying on the snow-swept, diamond-strewn pavement.

His two accused accomplices were in on the “well-planned and well-choreographed” gem heist, said prosecutor Marian Ryan. Scott Hanwright, 19, of Wakefield, “the lookout,” waited outside the store as Cinelli went inside just after 8:40 p.m., armed, masked and striking customers and employees, Ryan said. She said Cinelli knew to strike just before closing as the jewelry employees were moving diamonds to a safe for the night.

Hanwright, who has no criminal record, pleaded not guilty yesterday to first-degree murder and armed robbery, and is being held without bail. Kevin Dingwell, 51, of Wakefield, who Ryan said was supposed to be the getaway driver, is charged with being an accessory after the fact of murder. He was held on $1,000 cash bail.

Hanwright was wearing a ski mask and tried to blend into the crowd as a fleeing Cinelli, diamonds “spewing” from a black backpack onto the parking lot, exchanged fire with Maguire during a foot chase, Ryan said. Hanwright was arrested after calling Dingwell to pick him up. Ryan said the hit on Kohl’s on Washington Street off Interstate 95 may have been in the works for weeks.

Maguire, son of the late Woburn Police Chief Thomas J. Maguire, had just come from talking a woman out of committing suicide, the current chief said. Responding to the robbery call, he cut off Cinelli’s escape in the parking lot, traded fire with him, and died almost immediately after being shot four times in the torso. Cinelli, also shot multiple times, died on the spot.

Cinelli was the son of late Boston police officer Arthur Cinelli, whose other son, also named Arthur, shot and wounded Medford Detective Sgt. Richard McGlynn in a 1981 robbery, according to news reports. Dominic Cinelli’s parole records show a checkered past: a rehabilitated junkie who started shooting heroin at 14, he was a career criminal who at one point was serving three concurrent life sentences for several armed robberies, armed assault with intent to commit murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and unlawful possession of a firearm.

But an appeals court decision made him eligible for parole and he walked in February 2009. The Parole Board at that time noted: “Cinelli’s release to community supervision at this time is not incompatible with the welfare of society.”

Maguire leaves his wife of 23 years, Desiree Maguire, 54, a son, Bryan, 22, and daughter, Tara, 21.

“Jack gave his all to the department,” Mahoney said. “He was just someone who could make you laugh. We just can’t believe Jack is not with us. It’s just terrible.”
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