Man shot by Belfast police indicted in Waldo County

Posted Aug. 24, 2011, at 5:18 p.m.
Benjamin Thompson
Courtesy of Waldo County Jail
Benjamin Thompson

BELFAST, Maine — An armed man who was shot by Belfast police this summer was among 54 people indicted this week by the Waldo County grand jury.

Benjamin L. Thompson, 27, reportedly began his problems with the law on the evening of June 8 by driving through Searsport with a noisy exhaust pipe and a license plate light out. When a Searsport officer tried to pull him over because of this, Thompson reportedly did not stop, but instead kept driving into Belfast.

Officer Dan Fitzpatrick of the Belfast Police Department picked up the trail, ultimately pulling the car over about midnight at the intersection of Route 141 and Smart Road in Belfast.

When Thompson emerged from his vehicle, he allegedly did so holding a loaded shotgun in his hands. He refused to put the weapon down when Fitzpatrick ordered him to do so, police said later. The officer then shot Thompson .

Residents who live nearby told a BDN reporter that they had heard four or five shots fired that night.

“The wife and I were getting ready for bed. I thought I heard five shots fired. There were lots of police,” said a resident who lives about 300 feet from where blood stained the road. “I heard someone yell, ‘I’m shot.’ It was so loud. Then he said, ‘Shoot me — I don’t want to live anymore.’”

Thompson was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor for treatment and initially was listed in critical condition there.

The Attorney General’s Office is investigating the shooting of Thompson, an Iraq War veteran. In 2010 there were five police-involved shootings in Maine and in 2009 there were four, according to Brenda Kielty, a special assistant at the Attorney General’s Office.

The grand jury indicted Thompson on charges of criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon, threatening display of a weapon, having a loaded firearm in a motor vehicle, criminal operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicants and failure to stop for a police officer.

Other indictments released this week included:

Lyndon Adams, 46, Winterport, two counts of unlawful trafficking in scheduled drugs.

Victor M. Amaro, 29, Searsport, assault, two counts of refusing to submit to arrest.

Benjamin K. Ard, 26, Troy, burglary, two counts theft by unauthorized taking, possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, forgery, violation of conditions of release.

Marty A. Ashworth, 38, Stockton Springs, operating motor vehicle after license revocation, theft by unauthorized taking.

Justin L. Barnard, 25, Calais, burglary, theft by unauthorized taking, possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.

Christopher F. Beeton, 23, aggravated assault, criminal threatening, criminal mischief, criminal trespass.

George L. Bowen, 53, Buckfield, theft by unauthorized taking.

Steve B. Bragg, 46, China, receiving stolen property.

Jeremy D. Braley, 23, Unity, aggravated assault, domestic violence assault, domestic violence terrorizing, assault, criminal mischief, two counts terrorizing.

Lawrence J. Church Jr., 23, Clinton, aggravated criminal mischief, theft by unauthorized taking, violation of conditions of release.

Carol Cook, 54, Morrill, unlawful trafficking in scheduled drugs.

Michael David Croteau, 40, Thorndike, operating motor vehicle after license revocation.

Jason F. Cunningham, 25, Frankfort, criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon, domestic violence assault, domestic violence terrorizing, trafficking in dangerous knives.

Daniel J. Dourant, 51, Swanville, unlawful trafficking in scheduled drugs.

Augustine N. Fernandez, 41, Lincolnville, burglary, aggravated criminal trespass, gross sexual assault, domestic violence assault.

Richard Gainer, 25, Searsport, unlawful trafficking in scheduled drugs.

Wesley J. Gerrish, 61, Burnham, reckless conduct with a firearm.

Philip S. Hall Jr., 18, Swanville, gross sexual assault.

Melissa A. Hartman, 36, Searsport, burglary, theft by unauthorized taking.

Jeffrey Hills, 40, Frankfort, unlawful trafficking in scheduled drugs.

John T. Hines, 45, Swanville, violation of condition of release.

William S. Hinkle Jr., 35, Winterport, two counts aggravated assault, (aggravated) criminal operating under the influence, driving to endanger, unlawful trafficking of scheduled drugs, unlawful possession of scheduled drugs.

Roxanne Johnson, 25, Winterport, unlawful trafficking in scheduled drugs.

Zachary Tyler Kelley, 19, Searsport, burglary, theft by unauthorized taking, stealing drugs.

Jonathan Kinney, 31, Winterport, two counts unlawful trafficking in scheduled drugs.

Clayton K. Kuhn, 46, Brooks, criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon, domestic violence terrorizing.

Lisa M. Ladd, 45, two counts arson.

Neena Jackson LaMarche, 30, Belfast, two counts unlawful trafficking in scheduled drugs.

Ryan C. Lefebvre, 22, Brooks, unlawful sexual contact, soliciting a child by computer, sexual misconduct with a child.

Brooke J. Lindelof, 19, Searsport, burglary, stealing drugs, theft by unauthorized taking.

Heather L. McIver, aka Heather L. Stimpson, 28, Monroe, domestic violence assault.

Jacob S. Merithew, 18, Brooks, burglary, theft by unauthorized taking.

Aaron F. Miller, 21, Palermo, theft by unauthorized taking, burglary of a motor vehicle.

Brandon G. Moody, 19, Brooks, burglary, theft by unauthorized taking.

Edwin Y. Morris IV, 27, Burnham, three counts burglary, three counts theft by unauthorized taking.

Juice Newton, 27, Swanville, aggravated trafficking in scheduled drugs, two counts aggravated trafficking in scheduled drugs.

Joanie Pattershall, 32, Stockton Springs, unlawful trafficking in scheduled drugs.

Kelly Pattershall, 27, Belfast, two counts unlawful trafficking in scheduled drugs.

Mark Pattershall, 30, Stockton Springs, unlawful trafficking in scheduled drugs.

Tisha R. Pendleton, 39, Morrill, unlawful possession of scheduled drugs, criminal operating a motor vehicle while under the influence.

Jillian M. Porchetta, 22, Brooks, burglary, criminal mischief, theft by unauthorized taking.

Branden H. Ricker, 33, Knox, aggravated criminal mischief, domestic violence terrorizing.

Anthony J. Roderick, 23, Belfast, aggravated assault, criminal threatening, assault.

Kristopher M. Russ, 29, Belfast, six counts burglary, five counts theft by unauthorized taking, attempted burglary.

Amanda J. Ryan, 27, Monroe, stealing drugs, assault.

Stephen A. Smith, 24, Brooks, domestic violence assault.

Samantha M. Tucker, 23, Unity, two counts of theft by unauthorized taking, receiving stolen property, possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, forgery.

Neil J. Warren, 23, Waldo, burglary, possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, theft by unauthorized taking.

Jacob M. Webber, 21, Belfast, refusing to submit to arrest, domestic violence assault, obstructing report of crime or injury.

Joshua D. Whitney, 31, Winterport, burglary, theft by unauthorized taking.

Michael L. Wilson, 29, Freedom, criminal operating a motor vehicle while under the influence, operating motor vehicle beyond license condition or restriction, operating motor vehicle after license suspension, leaving the scene of a property damage accident, failure to report accident, assault, refusing to submit to arrest.

Alesha A. Wood, 39, Belfast, receiving stolen property.

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