April 09, 2020
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Victims in Madison triple homicide shot in head, chest

The victims in last week’s triple homicide in Madison all died from gunshot wounds to the head and chest, authorities said Monday.

Carroll Tuttle Jr., 51, fatally shot his wife, Lori Hayden, 52, and their 25-year-old son, Dustin Tuttle, at the couple’s 316 Russell Road home on July 5 before crossing the street to shoot Michael Spaulding, 57, police said.

When he returned home, he encountered his brother-in-law Harvey Austin, 57, of Skowhegan and shot him in the head just before police shot him dead, according to Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety.

Hayden, Spaulding and Dustin Tuttle all died from gunshot wounds to the head and chest, Mark Belserene, spokesman for the medical examiner’s office, said Monday.

Carroll Tuttle died from “multiple gunshot wounds,” he said. He did not disclose how many times he was shot.

Somerset County Sheriff Chief Deputy James Ross, his son Detective Michael Ross and Deputy Joseph Jackson all fired at Tuttle, but it was unclear who killed him, McCausland said. All three officers were placed on paid administrative leave while the Maine Attorney General’s Office investigates the shooting.

Austin was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, where he reportedly underwent surgery. A spokeswoman for the hospital said Monday that no information about Harvey or his condition was available.

It was Maine’s deadliest shooting spree since Nov. 4, 2015, when Herman DeRico, 42, of Oakland killed his girlfriend, her sister and her sister’s boyfriend before turning the gun on himself.

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence and would like to talk with an advocate, call 866-834-4357, TRS 800-787-3224. This free, confidential service is available 24/7 and is accessible from anywhere in Maine.


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