Searsmont man shot by State Police Trooper
Police have identified the Searsmont man shot by a Maine State Police Trooper Friday, Sept. 20.
Public Safety spokesman Steve McCausland said Leonard Maker, 42, of Searsmont, suffered a gunshot wound at his home after Trooper James MacDonald went to his residence on New England Road at 3 p.m. to serve Maker with a protection from abuse order and arrest him on five outstanding warrants for failing to appear in court.
According to McCausland, MacDonald got into a confrontation with Maker, who was armed, and Maker suffered a non life-threatening injury after being shot by MacDonald. Maker is being treated for his injury at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, McCausland said in a news release.
Trooper MacDonald has been placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure for an officer-involved shooting, pending an investigation by the Maine attorney general's office.
MacDonald was not injured during the confrontation, McCausland said in the news release. The Maine attorney general's office will release the findings of its investigation at a later date, McCausland said.
MacDonald has served with the state police for two years, McCausland said.
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.