Man killed in shooting acquired theft charge in days prior to death

By Tanya Mitchell | Nov 26, 2012
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Belfast — The man who was shot and killed outside a residence in Stockton Springs Saturday, Nov. 17, had been charged in connection with the alleged theft of a battery from a Belfast gravel pit Thursday, Nov. 15.

Maine State Police are investigating the shooting death of 31-year-old David Linscott Jr., whom police said on the morning of the incident was from Brooks, but who showed a Swanville address on the theft summons on file at the Belfast Police Department.

Belfast Detective Sgt. Bryan Cunningham said Linscott caught the attention of law enforcement two days prior to his death. That's when Cunningham said Linscott and a second man, 20-year-old Kyle Downs of Brooks, allegedly stole a battery out of a loader that was parked on the Skinner Pit Road in Belfast just after midnight Nov. 15. Downs was summoned on the theft charge Sunday, Nov. 18, while Linscott's summons was dated Nov. 17.

According to Maine State Police Public Information Officer Steve McCausland, Linscott died in the front yard of the Robert Tucker residence on Route 1 at about 12:30 a.m. Nov. 17. Tucker, 36, shot Linscott and, while police have interviewed him, he had not yet been charged in connection with the incident.

McCausland said Linscott went to the Tucker residence with a group of friends, all of whom left the home within minutes after the shooting. Searsport police officers located Linscott's friends a short time later, McCausland said, and investigators have since interviewed each of them, in addition to Tucker.

McCausland said police would conduct additional interviews with Tucker and other witnesses in an effort to determine the circumstances surrounding the shooting.

Police have not released details regarding the circumstances of the shooting, but Linscott was indicted by a Waldo County Grand Jury in 2010 on burglary and theft charges. Linscott also was indicted on burglary and criminal mischief charges in 2008.

The Maine State Medical Examiner's Office said the cause of death for Linscott was a gunshot wound to the chest. No further information was available as of Monday, Nov. 26.

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