A Bath man accused of shooting a woman in Piscataquis County was arrested at gunpoint Monday morning after leading a state trooper on a brief chase.
Christopher Hallowell, 24, was charged with attempted murder in connection with the early morning shooting at North Point Farm & Garden in Shirley that wounded a woman, according to Chief Deputy Todd Lyford of the Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Office. The victim, who was shot once, was taken to Mayo Regional Hospital in Dover-Foxcroft, where she was treated for injuries that weren’t considered life-threatening, he said.
The shooting in Shirley, located south of Greenville in Piscataquis County, happened about 6:45 a.m.
A state trooper later spotted Hallowell in a Ford Escape and a chase ensued that came to a quick end about 8:15 a.m. when Hallowell crashed while attempting to navigate a turn at the intersection of Clark and Winslow roads in Albion, said Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety. Albion is east of Waterville in Kennebec County.
Hallowell, who was not injured in the crash, was taken into custody at gunpoint, McCausland said. He has been taken to the Piscataquis County Jail in Dover-Foxcroft.
Lyford said that the victim and Hallowell are related, though he did not specify the nature of their relationship.
In February, Hallowell, a former executive committee secretary for the Libertarian Party of Maine, announced a bid for the House District 52 seat vacated by Democrat Jennifer DeChant. Hallowell failed to collect the necessary signatures to get on the ballot, according to The Times Record. In an April special election, that race was won by Sean Paulhus, the Democratic vice chair of the Bath City Council.