Three men have been indicted in connection with the December shooting death of a Woburn police officer during an armed robbery at a department store, Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone said Thursday.
Woburn police Officer Jack Maguire was killed in the robbery.
Arthur Cinelli, 50, of Newburyport, was indicted Thursday by a Woburn Superior Court grand jury on charges of conspiracy to commit masked armed robbery and accessory before the fact to masked armed robbery.
Two other men, Scott Hanright, 19, of Wakefield, and Kevin Dingwell, 51, of Wakefield, were previously charged in Woburn District Court.
Hanright was indicted on charges of murder, four counts of masked armed robbery, four counts of armed assault with intent to rob, four counts of stealing by confining, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon on a person over the age of 60, assault and battery on a police officer, assault and battery, two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, possession of a firearm, possession of ammunition, discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building, and conspiracy to commit masked armed robbery.
Dingwell was indicted on four counts of accessory after the fact to robbery and two counts of willfully misleading a police officer.
"We allege that Arthur Cinelli, the brother of Officer Maguire's murderer, and Scott Hanright engaged in a premeditated plan with Dominic Cinelli to rob a jewelry store at gunpoint, no matter what it took to get away with it," Leone said. "The execution of this brazen masked armed robbery resulted in the reasonably foreseeable consequences of a responding police officer being shot to death. We intend to hold all participants in this heinous crime fully accountable under the law."
According to investigators, at 8:42 p.m. on Dec. 26, in the midst of a blizzard, Woburn police responded to 911 calls of an armed robbery in progress at Kohl's Department Store on Washington Street. When the first officer arrived, he spotted Hanright, who was standing right in front of the entrance without a coat, hat or gloves, investigators said. As the officer approached Hanright, another man, later identified as Dominic Cinelli, 57, of Woburn, left the store and pointed his gun at the officer, investigators said. Cinelli then took off, dropping small jewelry boxes as he ran, police said.
The officer gave chase, following Cinelli who was heading out of the parking lot onto Washington Street. Before Cinelli could reach Washington Street, a plow driver, who was plowing the Kohl's parking lot at the time of the incident, observed what was happening and positioned his plow to block Cinelli.
As Cinelli encountered the plow, he raised his gun at the plow driver, investigators said. The plow driver pulled the steel plow blade up to protect himself and continued to attempt to stop Cinelli, investigators said.
Cinelli was able to maneuver past the plow and turned onto Washington Street, investigators said. About that time, Maguire pulled up to the scene and got out of his cruiser as Cinelli ran by him. At that time, Cinelli and Maguire exchanged gun fire and both fatally shot and wounded the other, investigators said.
Maguire was taken to the Lahey Clinic, where he later died. Cinelli was pronounced dead at the scene.