June 20, 2018
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Swanville man shot by Belfast officer is now in fair condition

By Heather Steeves, BDN Staff

BELFAST, Maine — An armed man shot by Belfast Police last Wednesday is in fair condition at a Bangor hospital, officials said Monday.

Benjamin Thompson, 26, of Swanville, had been in critical condition for some time at Eastern Maine Medical Center after the shooting, but is apparently recovering.

Officers had tried to pull over Benjamin Thompson in neighboring Searsport, but he kept driving, police said. When he finally did stop at about midnight Wednesday near the intersection of Route 141 and Smart Road in Belfast, Thompson stepped out of his car with a shotgun in hand, according to the Belfast Police Department. Thompson refused to put his gun down when police told him to. Belfast police Officer Dan Fitzpatrick then shot the man.

Residents who live nearby said they heard four or five shots fired.

Officials at the Maine Attorney General’s office, which is investigating the case, declined to comment on Monday and said no new information will be issued for several more weeks.

Officials at the Belfast Police Department also declined to comment Monday.

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