Thorndike man shot by Maine State Police trooper

Wed, 11/27/2019 - 1:00pm

THORNDIKE — A Thorndike man was shot and wounded by a Maine State trooper during an armed confrontation outside of his home Nov. 26, according to a media report from Maine State Police Public Information Officer Stephen McCausland. 

Eric Fitzpatrick, 33, came to police attention after a reported neighborhood disturbance evolved into a domestic incident between Fitzpatrick and his girlfriend around 11 p.m. 

The incident occurred on Ward Hill Road and Fitzpatrick was shot twice by Trooper Thomas Bureau, who was not injured in the confrontation. 

Trooper Bureau is a seven year veteran of the Maine State Police and was placed on paid administrative leave following the shooting, which is standard procedure after an officer-involved shooting, according to the report. He will remain on administrative leave while the incident is reviewed by State Police and the Maine Attorney General’s Office. 

Fitzpatrick was first taken to Waldo County General Hospital for treatment of his injuries but was subsequently taken to Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center by LifeFlight.

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