April 24, 2019
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Newport man charged in convenience store shooting

Courtesy of Penobscot County Sheriff's Office
Courtesy of Penobscot County Sheriff's Office
Brian Duplisea

A Newport man has been charged with a felony in connection with a shooting incident Wednesday night at a local convenience store, according to Newport police Chief Leonard Macdaid.

Brian Duplisea, 34, is charged with reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon, a Class C crime, Macdaid said Thursday morning.

The name of the victim, who is being treated at the Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center for multiple gunshot wounds, was not released. The chief described the injuries as serious but not life-threatening.

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Macdaid said police were called at about 6 p.m. Wednesday to the Bear’s One Stop, a convenience store on 80 Moosehead Trail, also known as Route 7, for a report of two adult males involved in an altercation in the parking lot.

“That turned into a fight, and Duplisea pulled a gun and shot the victim three times,” the chief said.

Macdaid said the fight was not about drugs but appeared to be a domestic dispute involving people who were not at the scene.

Duplisea is being held at the Penobscot County Jail and is expected to make his first court appearance Friday afternoon at the Penobscot Judicial Center.

Macdaid said more information would be available after Duplisea appears in court.

If convicted, Duplisea could face up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000. He could face additional charges once the Penobscot County district attorney’s office reviews the case.



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