Officer Involved Shooting on RT 105 in Augusta
UPDATE: The suspect is names as 27-year old Robert Farrington of Augusta. He is listed in stable condition.
After an evening of commotion on Route 105 in Augusta, we are just learning of some of the details surrounding the incident.
According to a press release from Chief Jared Mills, Augusta Police officers responded to a residence on South Belfast Avenue around 12:30 AM on November, 24th 2019. They were there to locate a subject who was wanted by Fairfield PD in connection to domestic assault and cruelty to animals.
After officers made contact with the subject, and altercation involving deadly force occurred between the subject and officer Sabastian Guptill. The officer was not injured during the altercation and the suspect was taken to the hospital for medical treatment. The subject has been listed in stable condition.
We expect to confirm the suspects name after family members have been notified of the shooting.
Below is the original press release obtained by the Augusta Police Department
Incident Date: 11-24-19 Release Date: 11-24-19
Incident Time: 12:31 A.M. Release Time: 10:00 A.M.
Incident Location: South Belfast Avenue Augusta Maine
Incident Synopsis: Officer Involved Shooting
On 11-24-19 at 12:31 A.M., Officers from the Augusta Police Department responded to a residence on South Belfast in an attempt to locate a male subject who was wanted by the Fairfield Police Department for charges of Domestic Assault and Cruelty to Animals. After contact was made, an incident involving deadly force occurred between Officer Sabastian Guptill and the wanted to subject. Officer Guptill was not injured during the armed altercation and the individual was immediately transported to the hospital for medical treatment. At this time the individual is listed in stable condition and will be identified by our department once the proper notifications to family have been made.
As is standard practice during every officer involved shooting, this incident is currently being investigated by the Office of the Attorney General who will focus upon a determination of whether deadly force was in fact used and whether self-defense or defense of others is reasonably generated on the facts.
Per our Standard Operating Procedure, Officer Guptill has been placed on administrative leave with pay. Our thoughts are with everyone involved in this heartbreaking incident.
More information will be released as it becomes available.
Releasing Officer: Chief Jared Mills
Augusta Police Department
33 Union Street Augusta, Maine 04330