CYR PLANTATION, Maine – The local man who was shot inside his U.S. Route 1 mobile home early Friday afternoon in an officer-involved shooting has been identified as Neil Begin, 55.
Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland said Saturday morning that Begin was shot during an encounter with Maine State Trooper Robert Flynn of the F Troop barracks in Houlton and an unidentified U.S. Border Patrol agent.
It is not known which officer fired the weapon.
According to McCausland, following the shooting Begin was transported to Cary Medical Center in Caribou and then taken by LifeFlight helicopter to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor where he underwent emergency surgery Friday night.
No further details on Begin’s condition were available Saturday morning.
Flynn has been placed on administrative leave with pay, a move which is standard procedure following an officer-involved shooting, McCausland said.
Two investigators with the Maine Attorney General’s office and 10 state police detectives and troopers were on the scene investigating the incident.
A full report detailing what led up to the incident, specifics surrounding the actual shooting and follow-up will be released at a later date by the state Attorney General’s Office, McCausland said.
“That could take some time,” he said, adding it is customary for the Attorney General’s Office to investigate cases in which officers are involved in a shooting.
BDN reporter Jen Lynds in Houlton contributed to this report.