Local teen shot and killed in Knox home
Knox — Maine State Police are investigating the shooting death of a local teenager who was reportedly shot and killed inside a home in Knox on Saturday night.
Tyler Seaney, 19, was shot shortly before 7 p.m. Saturday while visiting a friend on Dolloff Road, according to a press release from Department of Public Safety Spokesman Steve McCausland.
McCausland's press release stated, "The gun apparently discharged while in the hands of a friend and Seaney died moments later."
No one has been charged in the incident as of late Sunday afternoon, and McCausland said the name of the friend is not being released while detectives continue to investigate the circumstances of the shooting.
Speaking by phone Sunday afternoon, McCausland said it was "too early to tell" whether the shooting was accidental or intentional in nature, and reiterated that the circumstances remain under investigation.
McCausland said police have "interviewed everyone," but said there are likely to be additional interviews throughout the coming week. He said he did not have any information regarding how many people were present when the shooting occurred, other than the two individuals who have been mentioned so far — Seaney and the friend.
A team of six State Police detectives were assisted by Waldo County deputies at the scene Saturday night, according to McCausland's press release. An autopsy was scheduled to take place Monday, Feb. 21 at the state Medical Examiner's Office in Augusta, but a call to that office Monday afternoon turned up no new information as it was closed for the holiday.
McCausland said the input from the Medical Examiner's Office will be "very important" as the investigation continues.
McCausland would not comment on what type of gun was involved in the shooting, and said that is one of the pieces of information police are choosing not to release at this point in the investigation. He did say, however, that police secured the gun and that it had been taken to the State Police Crime Lab in Augusta.
While police identified Seaney as a Bangor resident, Seaney’s obituary stated that he lived in Belfast and Glenburn.
According to his obituary, Seaney grew up in Belfast and graduated from Belfast Area High School. Prior to his death, Seaney was planning for his departure for boot camp with the United States Army, the obituary stated, and he was employed at a store in Bangor.
In his obituary, Seaney was described as a young man who enjoyed an active social life and loved to find humor in the world around him.
“With the ability to turn the biggest frown upside down, Tyler enjoyed music, cooking and hanging out with his friends and making people laugh,” stated Seaney’s obituary.