EDINBURG, Maine — A state trooper shot a town man at the man’s Edinburg Road home after he came at the trooper with a knife while making homicidal and suicidal threats, state police said Tuesday.
Trooper Chris Hashey was placed on administrative leave with pay per standard procedure pending the outcome of the Maine Attorney General’s Office investigation, while the man he shot, 54-year-old Warren Frederick Dome, was in serious but stable condition after surgery at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, state police Maj. Gary Wright said.
The incident began, Wright said, when Dome called dispatchers at the state police barracks in Orono at about 5:30 p.m. from his home at 682 Edinburg Road making the threats. Hashey and Penobscot County Sheriff’s Deputy Ray Goodspeed were among the first officers to respond. When they arrived, Dome confronted them with the knife and was shot, Wright said.
“At this point in time we are still trying to get all the details together,” Wright said Tuesday, declining to discuss how many shots were fired or how far Dome was from Hashey when the officer pulled the trigger.
“There was a confrontation. I am not going to get into particulars at this point but there was a confrontation with the officers and the individual and as a result, he was shot,” Wright said.
The officers immediately began administering first aid to Dome once he was down. Dome was flown by LifeFlight helicopter to the Bangor hospital shortly after 7:30 p.m., after paramedics spent close to 30 minutes administering to his wounds in the ambulance.
Howland firefighters established a landing zone in a park opposite the former tannery site on Route 6 in Howland and met the Penobscot Valley Hospital ambulance when it arrived. Dome, who appeared to be somewhat conscious, had what looked like a leg wound.
The state police’s mobile crime lab arrived on scene about 8 p.m. and state police officers worked the scene for about two hours before the press conference.
Tuesday’s incident was not Dome’s first brush with the law this year.
In February, he was arrested twice for operating under the influence over a three-day period, according to police.
In May, he was sentenced to 48 hours in jail, fined $500 and had his license suspended for 90 days after he was convicted of operating a vehicle while under influence of intoxicants.
Also last spring, he was ordered to pay a $350 fine for violating his bail conditions.