June 17, 2019
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Police identify father, son killed after Presque Isle standoff

Anthony Brino | BDN
Anthony Brino | BDN
On Sunday, March 17, a Maine State Police vehicle and a Presque Isle Police Department pickup blocked the driveway at the home of 728 Reach Road in Presque Isle where a March 16 standoff ended in a murder-suicide, according to police.

Police have identified the man and his 14-month-old son who died in an apparent murder-suicide after a police standoff in Presque Isle over the weekend.

Matthew Leavitt, 35, shot and killed his 14-month-old son, Quinten Leavitt, before he shot and killed himself, according to Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety. Both died from a single gunshot wound, according to the state medical examiner’s office, which conducted the autopsies Monday.

Police were called to the Leavitts’ Reach Road home Saturday where a standoff resulted, according to McCausland.

The bodies of the deceased were discovered by members of the Maine State Police Tactical Team on Sunday morning.

State police finished gathering evidence from the Reach Road home Monday, McCausland said.

To reach a suicide prevention hotline, call 888-568-1112 or 800-273-TALK (8255), or visit www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org.


Correction: An earlier version of this story had the incorrect age for Matthew Leavitt.

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