Clinton man shot in home, returns fire

Posted March 31, 2010, at 3:51 p.m.

CLINTON, Maine — A local man suffered a gunshot wound, then took out his own gun and returned fire Wednesday when somebody entered his home, police said.

The man, Dana Dodge, 33, of 737 Battle Ridge Road, suffered a gunshot wound to the left side of his abdomen, state police Lt. Don Pomelow said.

Dodge was taken to Redington-Fairview General Hospital in Skowhegan, where he was treated and then released, Pomelow said.

Though details were sketchy Wednesday, Pomelow said the shooting occurred about 12:30 p.m. in Dodge’s home.

He said Dodge was alone in the home when a person wearing dark clothing and possibly a mask entered, fired one shot at Dodge and left on foot, Pomelow said.

It was not immediately clear if the intruder was male or female, Pomelow said.

Pomelow said Dodge took out his own gun and returned fire but missed the intruder. Dodge then called a friend or family member, who contacted police.

A state police tracking dog was brought in to help locate the intruder. The dog tracked a scent about a half-mile from Dodge’s home before the trail ended at a nearby road, where police believe the shooter might have gotten into a vehicle.

Asked if police thought there was a motive behind the shooting, Pomelow said, “At this point, we don’t know.”

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