Aroostook County man dies after he was shot by an officer

Posted April 25, 2010, at 11:32 a.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 11:30 a.m.

CYR PLANTATION, Maine — A local man shot by an officer inside his Route 1 mobile home on Friday afternoon died early Saturday.

Kate Simmons, spokeswoman for the state Attorney General’s Office, said Neil Begin, 55, died from his injuries at 5:30 a.m. Saturday.

Simmons on Sunday would not comment on the nature of the injuries or where Begin was at the time of his death.

On Saturday, state Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland said Begin was shot during an encounter with Maine State Police Trooper Robert Flynn of the Houlton barracks and an unidentified U.S. Border Patrol agent.

It is not known which officer fired the shot.

Begin was taken to Cary Medical Center in Caribou, then flown to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor where he underwent emergency surgery Friday night.

Flynn has been placed on administrative leave with pay, which is standard procedure after any shooting involving an officer, McCausland said.

Two investigators with the state Attorney General’s Office and 10 state police detectives and troopers went to the scene investigating the incident.

“The Attorney General’s Office handles all cases involving police use of deadly force,” Simmons said late Sunday morning. “We will release a full report [and] that could take two to three months to complete because we want to be fair to all parties.”

Simmons said her office does not comment on an ongoing investigation.

“Incidents like this happen quickly, and it’s not possible to comment on anything with a high degree of certainty at this point,” she said.

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