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By Jason McLure

LITTLETON, New Hampshire (Reuters) - A New Hampshire police chief was killed and four officers were wounded when a drug raid turned into a shootout in the suburban community of Greenland on Thursday evening, officials said.

The shootings took place when police arrived at the house to carry out a search warrant, and turned into an armed standoff with the suspected gunman and a woman barricaded inside.

Local, state and federal law enforcement officers later surrounded the home in the town of 3,500, about 60 miles north of Boston.

"Presently the armed subject and a female remain inside the home," Michael Delaney, New Hampshire's attorney general, told a news conference. "We are working with federal, state and local law enforcement officers to obtain a peaceful resolution of what is going on at the home."

New Hampshire Governor John Lynch identified the deceased officer in a statement as Greenland Police Chief Michael Maloney. New Hampshire's WMUR TV said Maloney, 48, was just a week shy of retirement.

The four wounded officers had been taken to a local hospital for treatment, and were from the University of New Hampshire police department and those from the nearby towns of Dover, Rochester and Newmarket.

(Editing by Cynthia Johnston and Jon Hemming)

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