May 27, 2018
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Dover-Foxcroft man shot, killed by brother, police say

By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff

DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — The man who was shot in his driveway Sunday night on French Road was killed by his older brother, Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety, said Monday afternoon.

Ryan Mayo, 20, was found dead of a gunshot wound at about 6:30 p.m. Sunday, and his brother Steven Mayo, 22, told police investigators that he pulled the trigger. Police have not decided whether Steven Mayo will face any charges, McCausland said.

“They’re still trying to determine the circumstances,” he said.

A team of Maine State Police detectives and evidence technicians went to French Road on Sunday night and spent Monday at the homes of Ryan and Steven Mayo, who lived next door to each other at 155 French Road and 149 French Road.

Ryan Mayo lived with his parents at 155 French Road. Kevin and Cheryl Mayo own the home, the town clerk said Monday.

Investigators have interviewed “Steven and other family members and nearby residents,” McCausland said, adding that Steven Mayo “has cooperated with the investigation.”

Dover-Foxcroft police cordoned off French Road leading to the two small residences about a mile from Garland Line Road and near Brann’s Mill Pond. Police were seen Sunday night covering Ryan Mayo’s body with a sheet.

Neighbors who asked not to be identified said they heard four to six shots in rapid succession as if someone were target shooting, but then said they heard screaming. It was not clear whether the screaming came from the victim or someone else.

Police would not say whether Ryan Mayo was shot with a pistol or a rifle.

Police investigators spent much of Monday outside collecting evidence and taking photos near the two residences, and were expected to finish at the scene Monday evening, McCausland said. Some of the evidence is being sent to the state police crime lab in Augusta to be analyzed, he said.

“We have more work to do,” McCausland said.

The Dover-Foxcroft Police Department and deputies from the Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Office are assisting in the investigation.

Mayo’s body was taken to the state medical examiner’s office in Augusta for an autopsy, but no information about how he died was released, a representative from the office said Monday evening.

Ryan Mayo was a graduate of Foxcroft Academy and worked at Milo-based JSI Fixtures Inc., where he was a well-liked employee who always tried to lift the spirits of others, his boss said Monday.

Mayo worked for a little more than a year in the sanding department at JSI, Mark Awalt, the company’s executive vice president, said Monday morning.

“In that time he’s received three raises, so he’s obviously done a fabulous job with JSI,” he said.

Awalt walked through the factory, which employs 130, on Monday morning talking to employees about their former co-worker.

“He was always smiling and trying to lift spirits up,” Awalt said of Mayo. “He was well-liked, a good employee and a good person. It’s sad to see him go, especially under these circumstances, definitely.”

The Facebook page of Steven Mayo states he is a 2007 Foxcroft Academy graduate. The profile page includes pictures of him, his dogs, his girlfriend and what appears to be marijuana.

BDN writer Diana Bowley contributed to this report.

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