A New Hampshire man was killed early Thursday morning following an armed confrontation on Stillwater Avenue with the Old Town police officer who pulled over his vehicle, according to Chief of Police Scott Wilcox.
Officer Joseph Decoteau ordered Adrian Bunker, 37, of Merrimack, New Hampshire, to pull over his gray Silverado pickup truck around 3:20 a.m. According to the police department, the “armed confrontation” that ensued resulted in Bunker’s death.
Decoteau is on paid administrative leave pending a review by the department, according to the police chief, and the Maine attorney general’s office is investigating the shooting as it does in all cases involving the use of deadly force by law enforcement.
Decoteau has been with the Old Town Police Department since Dec. 11, 2017, according to the department. He graduated from the Maine Criminal Justice Academy in May 2018, according to a Facebook post from the police department.
During a news conference Thursday afternoon at the Old Town Police Department, Wilcox did not say why Decoteau initially pulled over Bunker’s vehicle, and he did not offer further details about the incident.
A number of residents in the area described hearing a commotion early in the morning.
Hannah Berrios, a 21-year-old University of Maine student who lives at 840 Stillwater Ave., said she woke up to a police officer yelling outside her home around 3:30 a.m.
“I woke up to them just yelling, ‘Drop your weapon, drop your weapon,’” she said.