A Waterville police officer was shot in both arms and a 29-year-old Hartland man was shot at by eight officers as part of a multi-town pursuit Sunday afternoon that started with a shoplifting complaint in Waterville and ended at least 15 miles away in Canaan.
The officer, Timothy Hinton, was treated and released from the Thayer unit of MaineGeneral Medical Center in Waterville later Sunday afternoon. The 29-year-old, Richard Murray-Burns, is being treated at Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, according to Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety.
The pursuit started after Hinton stopped a car along Route 201 after receiving a shoplifting complaint from the Walmart in Waterville. Hinton was shot while he was in his cruiser, and he began pursuing the gunman’s car as it left the scene, McCausland said.
Murray-Burns was armed with an assault-style weapon, according to police.
Officers from a number of other agencies picked up the chase from Hinton, who was wounded. The pursuit took officers along Routes 201 and 23, then ended on Route 2 in Canaan, when officers fired at and wounded the suspect.
Several police cruisers were struck by gunfire, including a couple of cruisers that were disabled by it, McCausland said.
The Maine Attorney General’s office is investigating the shooting, as is standard procedure in police-involved shootings. The eight police officers who shot at the suspect have been placed on administrative leave with pay, which is also standard procedure.
The officers involved in the incident, in addition to Hinton, were Maine State Police troopers Eric Sucy, Rick Moody, Daniel Murray and Garret Booth; fire marshal’s office Investigator Ken MacMaster; Somerset County Deputy Sheriff Stephen Arminger; and Winslow police Officer Cameron Huggins.
State police didn’t release information Sunday night about charges Murray-Burns could face.