May 20, 2019
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Police investigating shooting in Calais

CALAIS, Maine — Police are investigating a shooting here Monday morning that appears to be drug related.

No arrests had been made as of early Monday evening, when Calais Police Chief David Randall issued a press release on the incident.

According to Randall, a 17-year-old boy from Amsterdam, New York, reported at 10:22 a.m. that he had been assaulted at a residence on South Street and that he heard a gunshot as he was leaving the home.

Police later learned that Tony McLaughlin, 38, of Calais, had arrived at Calais Regional Hospital with a gunshot wound, according to Randall. McLaughlin allegedly told police the shooting was an accident.

Police recovered the firearm used in the incident and called Maine State Police to investigate the crime scene on South Street, Randall said.

“The Calais Police Department wants to stress they do not believe there is a threat to the general public,” the police chief said. “It appears this incident is possibly drug related, and one or more people may face criminal charges.”

In addition to the Maine State Police, Calais police were assisted by members of the Baileyville police, U.S. Border Patrol, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

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