January 17, 2020
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Man shot and injured by Augusta police officer

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A man was shot and injured early Sunday morning by an Augusta police officer, authorities said.

The shooting occurred around 12:30 a.m. on South Belfast Avenue, where police arrived to find Robert Farrington, 27, of Augusta, who was wanted by the Fairfield Police Department for domestic assault and animal cruelty charges, according to Chief Jared Mills of the Augusta Police Department.

After contact was made, “an incident involving deadly force” occurred between Officer Sebastian Guptill and Farrington, Mills said.

Guptill was not injured, but Farrington was taken to the hospital. He is stable condition, according to Mills.

Mills provided few details about what caused Guptill to use deadly force and would not disclose where Farrington was shot. But he said the entire incident happened inside a house at 911 South Belfast Avenue.

There was one other person in the house when the shooting occurred, as well as other police officers.

Guptill, who is in his 20s, has been an officer with the Augusta Police Department for about a year, Mills said.

“He’s a young officer who does a great job for us,” Mills said. “Someone I would describe as progressing in our police department … his training is fresh.”

The Maine attorney general’s office is investigating the shooting, which is standard practice when a police officer uses deadly force. Guptill has been placed on administrative leave with pay in accordance with the department’s standard operating procedure, Mills said.

Correction: An earlier version of this report incorrectly stated the officer would be placed on leave without pay.

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