Investigate Calais fatal fire; Maine Warden Service responds to two drownings

Multiple violent deaths across the state: Blue Hill man shot in armed confrontation with State Police; Auburn homicides and Winter Harbor death under investigation

Tue, 06/21/2022 - 5:45pm

    On Tuesday, June 21, 2022, at approximately 2:30 a.m., officers of the Maine State Police and the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office responded to a residence on Curtis Cove Road in Blue Hill for a report of a domestic disturbance involving an injured woman being held against her will.  Peter Pfister, 27, was inside the residence, reportedly with firearms, according to a news release from the Maine State Police.

    The State Police Tactical Team and the State Police Crisis Negotiation Team responded to assist. 

    As a result of an armed confrontation, Mr. Pfister was shot and killed outside the residence by Detective Scott Duff and Cpl. Caleb McGary of the State Police and Deputy Sheriff Dylan Hall of Hancock County, the release said.

    The woman in the residence was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. This was an isolated incident. There is no threat to the public

    As is standard procedure in all deadly force incidents involving law enforcement, the two troopers and the deputy sheriff are on administrative leave. The cause and manner of the death of Mr. Pfister are part of the investigation by the Maine Attorney General’s Office.  The State Police and Hancock County Sheriff’s Office are cooperating with the investigation.

    No further information will be released during the pendency of the investigation.

    On June 19, 2022 at 11:37 a.m. Auburn Police and Auburn Fire were dispatched to 49 Fourth St for a reported cardiac arrest, according to the Maine Office of Public Safety.

    Responders found two people deceased in an apartment. These victims have been identified Kelzie Caron, 21, of Auburn and  Pierre Langlois, 21, of Connecticut.

    The Chief Medical Examiner’s Office has conducted autopsies on both victims and has ruled the cause of death as homicide for both Caron and Langlois. The manner in which they died is not being made public at this time.

    The State Police Major Crimes Unit are the primary investigators on this case and are being assisted by the Auburn Police Department. The Maine State Police Evidence Response Team spent Sunday and Monday processing the scene. Investigators have been working around the clock investigating leads generated by this incident, the release said.

    “ We have begun to identify persons of interest in the case and are working to track these people down,” the release said. “We will continue to provide updates to the public as allowed by the investigation.”

    Fatal Fire in Calais

    On Sunday, June 19, 2022 at approximately 9:30 p.m., the Fire Marshal’s Office responded to a fatal fire at a home at 118 Union Street in Calais.

    The deceased is believed to be the homeowner Ellen Gibson, 61, who lived alone at the residence. An autopsy was to be conducted Tuesday, June 21, 2022 at the Office of Chief Medical Examiner in Augusta. Investigators from the Fire Marshal’s Office returned to the location today to process the scene. The investigation is ongoing.

    Maine State Police Investigating Hit and Run Death of South Portland Woman at Acadia National Park

    The Maine State Police Major Crimes Unit North and Troop J, with assistance from the National Park Service, are investigating the hit and run death of Nicole Mokeme, 35, of South Portland, that occurred in Acadia National Park on the campus of the Schoodic Education and Research Center sometime between Saturday night (June 18, 2022) and the early hours of Sunday morning (June 19, 2022). The State Police do not believe there is an ongoing public risk and believe this to be an isolated incident.

    The State Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a vehicle that may have been involved.

    The vehicle is described as a 2016, Black BMW X3 SUV bearing Maine Registration 5614WM registered to a Raymond Lester, 35, of Portland. The vehicle may have front-end or undercarriage damage.

    “If you see or locate this vehicle, do not approach but immediately call the State Police,” said a news release.

    If anyone has relevant information please call the State Police at 207-973-9700. 

    West Baldwin Man Drowns In Aziscohos Lake

    LINCOLN PLANTATION -- A West Baldwin man drowned late June 20  in Aziscohos Lake, after attempting to swim to shore after mooring his boat.

    Michael Shields, 54, of West Baldwin, had attached his boat to the mooring in front of his camp on the Alca Flats Road at about 11:30 a.m., and was attempting to swim back to shore from the boat when he went under the water about 50 yards from his camp and never resurfaced.

    With no cell coverage in the area, his wife and father-in-law who both saw him go under, had to drive 17 miles down a dirt road to get to a landline at Black Brook Cove Camp to call for help.

    Maine Warden Service Pilot Jeff Beach launched his airplane soon after, and searched the lake looking for Shields from the air. A Maine Forest Service helicopter flew two state police divers and their equipment to the remote location on Aziscohos Lake to assist in the search and recovery. The Maine Forest Ranger Pilot and Warden Pilot both observed something in the water near the shore, and the two State Police divers dove in the area, and were able to recover the body in about ten feet of water near the shore at about 6:30 p.m.

    Shields was transported to the Wiles Funeral Home, where he will be examined by the State Medical Examiner tomorrow. The Maine Warden Service was assisted in the search and recovery by the Rangeley Fire Department, Wilsons Mills Fire Department, Maine Forest Service, Maine State Police Dive Team, Maine Marine Patrol, and the US Border Patrol.  

    Further information will be released as it becomes available.

    Portland Man Drowns In East Outlet Of Moosehead Lake

    SAPLING TOWNSHIP -- A 40-year-old Portland man drowned June 18 in the east outlet of the Kennebec River.

    Truc Huynh of Portland was fishing with a friend yesterday morning on the East Outlet which flows out of Moosehead Lake. The pair were in a fishing raft, and around noontime decided to move to a new location to fish on the river. They descended down through some whitewater rapids, which overturned the boat and threw the two men into the water, according to Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

    Huynh was not wearing a life jacket, was swept under by the current, and never resurfaced. His friend, who was wearing a life jacket made it to shore and called for help. Wardens and witnesses searched the shoreline for Huynh but were unable to find him.

    The Maine Warden Service launched an airplane to fly the river, and Game Warden Pilot Chris Hilton was able to locate Huynh still under the water downstream from where the raft overturned at approximately 4 p.m. June 18. Game wardens were able to then launch a boat, and recover the body at approximately 4:20 p.m. Huynh was taken to a local funeral home.