TROY, Maine — The man who shot himself Wednesday afternoon rather than be arrested and charged with child sex abuse is 71-year-old Raymond Carson, according to Maine State Police.
Carson, who shot himself in the chest with a .22 caliber rifle, was flown by LifeFlight helicopter to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston and is expected to survive, Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland said in a press release issued Thursday morning.
Detectives had gone to Carson’s Barker Road home to arrest him and charge him with sexual exploitation of a young girl and also furnishing liquor and providing a place for a minor to consume alcohol. Police searched his house last week and taken evidence related to the investigation, McCausland reported.
Carson would not answer the door when the detectives arrived and shot himself, according to the release. Detectives then asked for help from the Maine State Police tactical team, who surrounded the house. No shots were fired by police.