BANGOR, Maine — Bangor police are investigating a stabbing Tuesday evening that left a man dead.
The stabbing occurred shortly after 6 p.m. in the parking lot of 1160 Ohio St., known as Birch Circle, Sgt. Paul Edwards said in a news release issued Tuesday night.
When police officers arrived, they found a male victim with a stab wound, Edwards said. He said the man, whose name is being withheld, was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center, where he later died.
Bangor Police Department detectives were interviewing witnesses and the crime scene was being processed by the department’s Evidence Response Team, Edwards said.
“We are currently in contact with the Attorney General’s Office and are investigating this as a suspicious death pending the results of an autopsy by the Medical Examiner’s Office,” he said.
When it comes to deadly stabbings, neither Bangor nor the state of Maine are strangers.
Federal crime statistics show that while Maine’s overall murder rate is relatively low, the state has the dubious distinction of having among the highest knife killing rates in the country.
Though the number of knife-related killings in Maine has remained flat, three were reported in Bangor in 2012.
Gail Judd, 53, stabbed 47-year-old Michael Drouin of Bangor in her Court Street apartment on Feb. 22, 2012, according to police. Judd last month pleaded no contest to murder at the Penobscot Judicial Center and was found guilty but not criminally responsible.
Jason Trickett, a 41-year-old transient, allegedly stabbed 38-year-old Andy Smith during a street brawl on First Street on May 22, 2012. He pleaded not guilty last June and his case has yet to go to trial.
Jeffrey S. LeBlanc, 34, died after being stabbed in the abdomen by Scott Plummer early Dec. 29, 2012, while fighting in Plummer’s residence at 80 Elm St. Plummer since has been cleared in that death. The Maine attorney general’s office in January ruled that he was acting in self-defense when he fatally stabbed his attacker and will not be prosecuted.
Tuesday’s deadly stabbing was the first reported in Bangor in 2013.
In 2010, the most recent year for which complete data on knife killings are available from the federal Bureau of Justice Statistics, Maine ranked first in the country in its percentage of killings with knives. That year, 28.6 percent of the state’s homicides were by knives. The national average was 14.6 percent.