State police find body after tactical team called to Porter home

Posted Sept. 23, 2011, at 12:18 p.m.
Last modified Sept. 23, 2011, at 4:51 p.m.

PORTER, Maine — The Maine State Police found a man dead inside his home Friday afternoon soon after federal investigators arrived to issue a search warrant and heard a gunshot inside the building.

Gardner Halsey, 30, was found dead on the first floor of the house when police entered the building shortly after noon, according to state police spokesman Stephen McCausland. He said Halsey apparently died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The FBI was responsible for the search, but it has yet to identify what its agents were looking for, McCausland said.

A tactical response team had been called to the scene after investigators heard the gunshot. The investigators approached the Spec Pond Road home Friday morning to carry out the search.

The tactical response team was called out as it was conducting training exercises in the Piscataquis County town of Sebec and hundreds of motorists saw the caravan of state police cruisers headed south on the Interstate, McCausland said.

Spec Pond Road is off Route 160.

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