3 men dead after fatal shooting in Lamoine, police say

By Bill Trotter and Mario Moretto, BDN Staff
Posted Oct. 23, 2012, at 6:05 a.m.

Read the latest updates to this story at bangordailynews.com/2012/10/23/news/hancock/police-shoot-man-suspected-of-killing-father-uncle-in-lamoine/

UPDATE 1:12 p.m.: Maine State Police reports in a press conference that three men are dead: Leon R. Tilden, 27, of Lamoine, his father, Robert, and uncle, Russell Pinkham.

LAMOINE, Maine — A local man wanted in connection with a fatal shooting early Tuesday ‘has been accounted for,’ according to a news release from the Maine Department of Public Safety.

Leon R. Tilden, 27, of Lamoine, was the subject of a seven-hour manhunt after two men were found fatally shot in the house of the suspect’s parents, according to police.

The shooting, which was first reported at about 3:30 a.m., is the second multiple homicide in this small Hancock County town in less than a year.

Schools in Lamoine and Ellsworth were on lockdown until shortly after 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday. At that time, a LifeFlight helicopter and two ambulances were called to the scene of the shooting, and a Lamoine town official told the Bangor Daily News: “From what I understand, the public is safe now.”

The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office was the first agency to respond after a resident called 911 to report a shooting at 16 Bobolink Lane, off Mud Creek Road in Lamoine, according Lt. Chris Coleman of the Maine State Police.

When police arrived at the house, where Tilden had been staying, they found two males dead.

Stu Marckoon, administrative assistant to the board of selectmen in Lamoine and the assistant fire chief, told the BDN that the town office is closed Tuesday while Tilden’s family undergoes crisis counseling. Marckoon would not confirm which members of the family were undergoing counseling.

As area residents woke up Tuesday and started getting ready for work, sirens from police vehicles could be heard in the distance as various law enforcement agencies sent officers to assist in the manhunt. Both ends of Mud Creek Road were blocked off to everyone except for local residents as police continued to search for Tilden.

Many Ellsworth-area residents were wondering Tuesday morning how another fatal shooting could have happened in Lamoine, which has 1,600 residents, in less than a year.

“This is certainly an anomaly of the way of life in Lamoine,” Marckoon said.

In March, four men were shot in an early-morning confrontation outside of house on Route 184.

Lawrence “Randy” Sinclair, 32, of Ellsworth, died in that shooting. Torrey Garland, 34, and Joshua McKinney, 25, both of Ellsworth, suffered gunshot wounds but have since recovered.

Michael Carter, 30, who lived at the house where the shooting occurred, is being held without bail at Hancock County Jail on charges of murder, elevated aggravated assault, aggravated assault and illegal possession of a firearm. Carter also was shot in the leg during the incident when Tacy Mullins, his girlfriend who lived with him at the home, tried to grab the gun away from him, police and witnesses have said. Carter also has recovered from his gunshot wound.

According to a police affidavit, the shooting in March was precipitated by a series of confrontational phone calls, primarily between Garland and Carter, over a paint job that Garland and McKinney recently had done on Carter’s truck.

At the Lamoine General Store, Assistant Manager Stacey Dannenberg said Tuesday morning that local residents have been rattled by the latest outbreak of violence in the small coastal town.

“It kind of makes you wonder what happened to the quietness here,” she said.

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