TURNER, Maine — The Maine State Police have released the identity of a man who was fatally shot Monday at a Turner egg farm.
Manuel Adame, 57, of Lewiston died after he was shot by a pest-control contractor who was shooting at vermin in a Moark Egg Farm barn, Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland said Wednesday in a news release.
Adame had been an employee at the egg farm for several years, McCausland said. He said Adame’s name was withheld until Wednesday afternoon pending notification of relatives in Texas.
The worker who fired the shot was identified as Michael Warbin, 44, of Franklin, Conn., McCausland said. Warbin has been interviewed by state police and has cooperated with the investigation, he said.
The state medical examiner’s office determined that Adame died from a gunshot wound to the chest and neck. State police continue to investigate the death and circumstances of the shooting and have been consulting with the Maine attorney general’s office.
Maine Assistant Attorney General William Stokes said Tuesday that the shooting was not intentional. He said that Warbin was using a .22-caliber rifle to kill rodents and stray chickens inside one of the farm’s chicken barns, which was being cleaned out at the time.
McCausland said Tuesday that Adame collapsed after leaving the barn and died en route to a Lewiston hospital.
Warbin, a pest-control contractor who travels from farm to farm cleaning barns, has not been charged in connection with the death, Stokes said. He said that it did not appear that Warbin or another Moark employee he was working with at the time were aware that Adame had been shot.
Before a new flock is brought into a barn, the previous chickens need to be removed and the entire barn cleaned to maintain health standards, Stokes said.
Located at 272 Plains Road in Turner, a small town about 10 miles north of Lewiston, the farm is the former DeCoster Egg Farm. Moark LLC, a subsidiary of Land O’ Lakes, signed a long-term lease purchase deal on the old DeCoster Egg Farm at the end of 2011 and assumed operations.
On Tuesday, Land O’ Lakes spokeswoman Trish Scorpio said the company is cooperating with Maine law enforcement officials and is conducting an investigation of its own into the incident.
“Our thoughts are with this employee’s family, friends and coworkers during this difficult time,” she said in an email to the Bangor Daily News.
With 209 employees, Moark Egg Farm is the largest fresh egg producer in New England, according to Moark’s website.
BDN writers Nok-Noi Ricker and Alex Barber contributed to this report.