Man arrested for shooting at plowman

Posted Feb. 06, 2009, at 7:36 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 13, 2011, at 11:02 a.m.

LAGRANGE, Maine — A local man who was out plowing snow at 3:30 a.m. Jan. 19, noticed that the driveway of a woman whom he knew was ill was not plowed. So he decided to be a good neighbor and plow it for her.

While attempting to complete the good deed, the plowman and a 22-year-old passenger in his truck were shot at by the woman’s son and neighbor, Timothy Turner, 34, according to Trooper Christopher Foxworthy of the Maine State Police. Turner was arrested the next day and is facing charges of attempted elevated aggravated assault. He remained in Penobscot County Jail on Friday.

The plowman, “got stuck and gets out to shovel himself out, and out comes Timmy with a rifle and he starts shooting,” the trooper said on Friday.

After reportedly shooting off all of the rounds in the .22-caliber rifle he was wielding — two shots went into the plow truck’s windshield and woke up the male passenger asleep in the cab — Turner went back into his trailer.

At that point, the plowman, a 36-year-old LaGrange man, and his passenger, who is from Milo, were scrambling to dig the truck out when Turner returned with another rifle, Foxworthy said.

“Timmy comes back with a different rifle, a lever action with a scope, a .30-30, and points it at the passenger,” he said. “He said, ‘You ain’t going anywhere’ and he shot out one of the tires. It was just craziness, it was just madness.”

Both victims said they had to jump out of the way of flying bullets and it’s amazing that no one was hit, Foxworthy said. Police are not releasing the names of the victims.

The two victims somehow got the truck out of the driveway and drove with a flat tire to the nearby home of the driver’s parents. For some reason, the driver did not immediately call police after the incident but waited until the afternoon, nearly 12 hours later, the trooper said.

“There were bullet holes through the windshield, one in the radiator, and the back tire was shot out,” Foxworthy said.

A search warrant was issued for Turner’s home and that of his mother.

“In his house we found the rifles,” Foxworthy said.

State police arrested Turner on Jan. 20 at the local post office and charged him with criminal threatening with a firearm and for violating his conditions of release from a previous drug trafficking charge for dealing cocaine. He was taken to Penobscot County Jail in Bangor.

After reviewing the case, Assistant District Attorney Greg Campbell increased the charges against Turner.

“He’s charged with attempted elevated aggravated assault on two counts, one for each guy, for trying to shoot at them and attempting to cause serious bodily injury,” Campbell said Friday. In addition to the two felony Class B charges, Turner was charged with felony Class C reckless conduct.

Turner, who was indicted by the Penobscot County grand jury for three counts of Class B trafficking cocaine, originally pleaded not guilty in December, but on Monday changed his plea to guilty and will be sentenced in the near future. Each Class B charge carries a penalty of up to 10 years in jail and a fine of up to $20,000. The Class C charge carries a penalty of up to five years and a fine of up to $5,000.

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