June 24, 2018
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Charge upgraded to manslaughter in Farmington shooting case

By Christopher Cousins, BDN Staff

FARMINGTON, Maine — The charge against a man police say was involved in a fatal shooting in Farmington on Tuesday has been upgraded to manslaughter, according to Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland.

Ryan Ouimet of Coltsneck, N.J., who initially was charged with elevated aggravated assault, is scheduled to appear in Franklin County Superior Court in Farmington on June 8. The charge against him was upgraded to manslaughter after investigators consulted with the Maine Attorney General’s Office Wednesday afternoon.

The charge against Ouimet, who was released from Franklin County Jail on Wednesday afternoon on $10,000 bail, stems from the death of 23-year-old Andrew Holland of Cape Elizabeth, who died in a Farmington apartment late Tuesday night from a gunshot wound.

Holland’s autopsy is scheduled for Thursday.

Police say the shooting occurred about 10:30 p.m. as the friends were inside the the High Street apartment of Caroline Halloran of Acton, Mass., also 23, when the handgun, owned by Ouimet, went off.  Holland was rushed by ambulance to Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington, where he died.

Halloran, Ouimet and Holland are graduates of the University of Maine at Farmington and were working together at a Mount Vernon restaurant this summer.

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