Residents say rumors running ‘wild’ about Woodland home invasion, shooting

Posted Sept. 27, 2012, at 5:16 p.m.
Last modified Sept. 27, 2012, at 5:41 p.m.

WOODLAND, Maine — As residents of this rural community await more information from police about a weekend home invasion and burglary during which the intruder was shot, the injured suspect remains in a Bangor hospital.

Aroostook County Sheriff Jim Madore said Thursday afternoon that the Sheriff’s Department is still “diligently investigating” the altercation at the New Sweden Road home, which took place Saturday morning.

According to the department, a homeowner in Woodland called 911 on Saturday to report that someone had kicked in the door to his home. That person then reportedly entered the home and was shot.

Residents of the community interviewed by the Bangor Daily News on Thursday identified those involved in the altercation, but police are not releasing their names at this point. The BDN is not identifying the parties involved because no one has been charged.

The injured man was taken to Cary Medical Center in Caribou and then to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.

He was reportedly in stable condition Wednesday and Madore said Thursday that the man is “making progress” in his recovery.

Area residents said Thursday that rumors about what actually happened inside the home have been “wild” in the community.

“I heard that the homeowner was jarred awake by the guy breaking in and there was a struggle inside the home,” said one woman, who did not want to give her name. “The day before that, I also heard that the homeowner and the suspect knew each other. It’s crazy. I will be glad when the police release some information so that this speculation can stop.”

Karen Michaud, a Caribou resident who has family in Woodland, said Thursday that her family members also heard that the individuals involved knew each other.

“They [her family members] like living there because it is the kind of place that allows you to have lots of land and privacy,” she said. “But when you think of how vulnerable that could also leave you, it gets kind of scary.”

Investigators on the case met with officials from the Aroostook County district attorney’s office on Wednesday, but have not yet commented on the outcome of the meeting.

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