January 5

Clinton man hospitalized after domestic-related shooting

Police said the Horseback Road man shot himself in face after threatening his wife with the gun.

By Jesse Scardina jscardina@centralmaine.com
Staff Writer

CLINTON — A man and woman both ended up in the hospital late Sunday morning after a man shot himself in what police are describing as a domestic dispute.

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CLOSE CALL: Police say this woman was transported to a hospital as a precaution after she fled a nearby home on the Horseback Road in Clinton after a man threatened her with a gun on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014.

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SHOOTING SCENE: Clinton police officer Rusty Bell investigates the scene where a man threatened a woman who fled the home on the Horseback Road in Clinton on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014.

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Police were called to 544 Horseback Road at about 11:15 a.m. in response to a domestic dispute and found the man had shot himself.

The woman, who police said was not hurt, said that her husband threatened her with a gun before shooting it near her, said Sgt. Rusty Bell of the Clinton Police Department. After the man fired the gun, the woman ran down the road and the man turned the gun on himself, shooting himself in the face, Bell said.

Police did not immediately release the names of the couple. The woman was taken by Delta Ambulance to Inland Hospital in Waterville for precautionary reasons, Bell said.

The man was taken to a nearby hospital and it is likely he will be taken by LifeFlight helicopter somewhere else, Bell said. His condition was not available.

Clinton Police Department, Waterville Police Department, Maine State Police and Kennebec County Sheriff’s Department all responded to the shooting.

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SELF INFLICTED: A man is loaded into an ambulance with injuries to his face that police say was self inflicted following a domestic dispute with a women at a residence on the Horseback Road in Clinton on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014. Police from several agencies including Clinton, Waterville, State Police and Kennebec Sheriff Office responded. The woman was transported by ambulance as a precaution.

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