PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — An airline employee at Northern Maine Regional Airport was entering her office between 8:30 a.m and 9:30 a.m Monday when a bullet came through the window, went through the shade and fell to the floor.
“Apparently there was an individual hunting west of here who shot at a deer and missed,” airport director Scott Wardwell said Wednesday. “The shot did not blow out the window completely. It made a hole with several cracks around it. By the time it reached the window, it didn’t have a lot of momentum, not more than a kid throwing a rock at the window.”
Ellen Nickerson, station manager for Pen Air, the airline that serves the airport, said Wednesday afternoon that she was entering her office to get some information for a passenger when she heard a “pop.”
“I was a little shocked,” she said. “I walked outside and saw the hole in the window and all of the damage that had been done to it.”
As a matter of protocol, an officer from the Presque Isle Police Department is at the airport whenever a flight departs. Nickerson said that Deputy Chief Laurie Kelly was on scene that day and quickly located the bullet on the floor under Nickerson’s desk, before Sgt. Eric Erickson took over the investigation.
Erickson said Wednesday that an individual who was hunting on family property near the airport has been located, but at this point, it has not been proven the shot that was fired came from his gun.
He declined to comment further on the matter, saying the case has been turned over to the Maine Warden Service.
Sgt. Daniel Menard of the Warden Service said Wednesday afternoon that forensic mapping of the scene was conducted on Monday. He said the individual who was questioned was legally able to hunt where he was and there were no issues with trespassing. Once the investigation is complete, Menard said, all of the information will be turned over to the Aroostook County district attorney’s office to see if any charges will be filed.
Wardwell said that officials are working to replace the window as soon as possible.