January 26, 2020
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Police arrest 21-year-old in connection with fatal Walmart shooting

Police arrested an Auburn man at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday for fatally shooting a 41-year-old Turner man in a Walmart parking lot on Saturday.

Gage Dalphonse, 21, was charged with the murder of Jean Fournier, who died at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston where he was brought by ambulance after the shooting.

Fournier’s autopsy determined that he died of gunshot wounds, and his death was ruled a homicide by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, Auburn police Chief Jason Moen said at a Wednesday afternoon press conference.

“There has been a lot of speculation in the community and on social media as to the circumstances surrounding this incident,” Moen said. “We do not consider this to be a random act of violence, nor is the community at risk.”

Fournier allegedly was shot twice in the back after a dispute that occurred around 7 p.m. Saturday. Witnesses at the scene told the Sun Journal that two men got into an argument that led to a fistfight just before Fournier was shot. Dalphonse remained at the scene and allegedly told police he shot Fournier in self-defense.

Dalphonse is being held at the Androscoggin County Jail, and is expected to be arraigned Friday at 8:30 a.m. in Androscoggin Superior Court.

Police continue to investigate Fournier’s death.

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