May 27, 2018
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Man shot in confrontation with trooper in Howland remains hospitalized

By Nick Sambides Jr., BDN Staff

HOWLAND, Maine — The man shot by a state trooper in what state police called an armed confrontation last weekend remained in fair condition at a Bangor hospital on Monday, officials said.

Dale Saucier, 36, of Howland is recovering from emergency surgery at Eastern Maine Medical Center, a hospital spokeswoman said. He has been in fair condition since Sunday.

Saucier was shot, state police have said, in an armed confrontation with Trooper Benjamin Campbell at Saucier’s Water Street home shortly after Saucier called police. Campbell was doing a welfare check on Saucier when the incident occurred, state police said.

Campbell was placed on administrative leave with pay pending the outcome of an investigation into the shooting by the Maine attorney general’s office. Tim Feeley, a spokesman for that office, said he would have no comment on the shooting until the investigation was completed.

Investigators haven’t released the exact time of the shooting, but Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety, said Campbell was near Water Street when Saucier’s call to police came in at 11:55 p.m. Friday.

Investigators from the state police, the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office, Lincoln police and the attorney general’s office were on-scene interviewing witnesses and collecting evidence well-past 2 a.m.

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