WINSLOW, Maine — Nathaniel Gordon chased his wife down Marie Street on Monday night with a handgun, shooting her several times before finally ending her life in front of a neighbor’s house, Maine State Police officials said Tuesday.
Gordon, 32, then fled in a car registered to his wife, Sarah Gordon, 30, and later shot himself in Gray after a police chase in what law enforcement is calling a domestic violence murder-suicide.
Sarah Gordon suffered “multiple gunshot wounds,” Sgt. Anna Love of the Maine State Police in Augusta said on Tuesday.
“This is truly a tragic event,” she said. “It not only happened right on the street,” but is also the third domestic violence homicide to occur so far this year.
“It’s just another example of domestic violence in Maine,” Love said.
The shots on Marie Street, where the family lived for the last year, were “witnessed and heard by neighbors,” and reported to police at 7:52 p.m., Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Department of Public Safety, said Tuesday.
The couple’s two young children, a son and daughter ages 8 and 9, were inside their home at the time, Love said. They were placed in the custody of a grandparent last night, McCausland said.
Troopers spotted Gordon’s Chevrolet Lumina on the Maine Turnpike north of Lewiston a short time after the shooting in Winslow was reported. Troopers chased the car to Gray where spike mats deflated at least one of the car’s tires. The chase ended around 9 p.m. when Gordon shot himself and his car struck the guardrails along the median, near the Route 26 overpass in Gray.
“Troopers also say a couple of shots were fired by Nathaniel Gordon from inside his car, just before he shot himself,” McCausland said.
The state medical examiner’s office in Augusta performed autopsies on both bodies on Tuesday and deemed Sarah Gordon’s death a homicide. The death of her husband, who died of a gunshot wound to the head, was ruled a suicide.
Police believe Nathaniel Gordon used the same gun to kill his wife and himself, Love said.
“Family members say although the couple argued often, no formal paperwork has been located indicating a pending separation or divorce,” McCausland said. “This was the seventh homicide of the year in Maine and the third related to domestic violence.”
Bangor Daily News writer Dawn Gagnon contributed to this report.