Initiated as domestic disturbance call early Sunday morning...

Waldoboro police officer shot, resident dead following gunfire exchange

Sun, 01/22/2017 - 9:00am

    WALDOBORO — Two men, one of them a Waldoboro police officer, were shot in an exchange of gunfire in Waldoboro overnight, resulting in the death of River Bend Road resident Jon Alspaugh.

    In a press release Sunday morning, Waldoboro Police Chief Bill Labombarde said that Sgt. Jamie Wilson and Officer John Lash responded to a report of a domestic disturbance at a residence on River Bend Road. The call came in at approximately 1 a.m. on Jan. 22.

    When Wilson and Lash arrived at the home, there was an exchange of gunfire between the officers and 57-year-old Alspaugh.

    Lash was shot, and Alspaugh was fatally wounded, according to Labombarde in the release.

    Lash was transported to Miles Memorial Hospital in Damariscotta and later released. Lash was reportedly wearing his ballistic vest at the time of the shooting, and his vest absorbed the brunt of the impact.

    "As in any use of deadly force by a law enforcement officer, the Attorney General's Office is conducting an investigation," said Labombarde in the release.

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