Cyr Plantation man died from multiple gunshots

Posted April 27, 2010, at 12:32 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 11:30 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Neil Begin, who was shot at his Cyr Plantation home on Friday during an encounter with a Maine State Police trooper and U.S. Border Patrol agents, died of multiple gunshot wounds, officials with the state medical examiner’s office said Tuesday.

Kate Simmons, spokeswoman for the state Attorney General’s Office, said Tuesday that Maine State Police Trooper Robert Flynn of the Houlton barracks and two U.S. Border Patrol agents visited Neil Begin’s residence in Cyr Plantation on Friday as part of an investigation of a domestic complaint of threatening behavior with a firearm. The visit resulted in an armed encounter with Begin, and Begin was shot.

Begin was taken to Cary Medical Center in Caribou and then to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, where he was pronounced dead early Saturday morning after undergoing surgery.

Simmons would not elaborate on the complaint or the actions that led up to the shooting, saying the details are part of a confidential investigation.

Officials have refused to say whether it was a Border Patrol officer or Flynn who shot Begin.

Officials with the Attorney General’s Office and the U.S. Border Patrol have said no further details surrounding the shooting will be released until the official investigation is complete.

The Attorney General’s Office handles all cases involving police use of deadly force.

Trooper Flynn has been placed on administrative leave with pay, which is standard procedure after any shooting involving an officer, Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland has said.

Michelle Benson, public affairs specialist for U.S. Customs and Border Protection in Houlton, has said she cannot identify the agent or give any details about the agent’s involvement in the shooting.

An Associated Press report on Monday erroneously stated that the medical examiner’s office described the results of the autopsy on Begin’s body as “inconclusive.”

Jim Ferland, administrator with the medical examiner’s office, said Tuesday that his office never would use the word “inconclusive” to describe the results of an autopsy. The results showed Begin died of multiple gunshot wounds, he said.

Ferland said that the initial report of “inconclusive” was a misunderstanding and that information was released before the results became available.

The Bangor Daily News included the erroneous AP information in its report after unsuccessfully attempting to obtain information from the medical examiner’s office.

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