WALDO — State police were called to a home on East Waldo Road around 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 9, for a report of domestic violence, according to a statement from Department of Public Safety Public Information Officer Shannon Moss.

A victim and her 3-year-old child fled the residence to a neighbor’s home. As troopers were investigating, the suspect, 30-year-old Kote Aldus, allegedly started firing shots in their direction from inside his residence, which was also reportedly occupied by the victim’s 2-week-old baby.  While other members of the State Police Tactical Team were responding, Trooper Tyler Harrington, a tactical team member, returned fire.

About three hours later, Aldus was arrested and charged with domestic violence assault. He was taken to a Belfast hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. The baby was unharmed. Other charges may be forthcoming after consultation with the District Attorney’s Office.

Detectives from the Attorney General’s Office were on the scene early Monday morning investigating the incident, as is standard in any officer-involved shooting.

The statement said no further information would be released for now.

An East Waldo Road resident who is Aldus’ neighbor told The Republican Journal there was a lot of activity that evening on the normally quiet street. Peter Velanzon came down his driveway to see what was going on, and was told to go back home by police, who did not realize he lived next door.

Velanzon said he is friends with Aldus’ parents who, he said, arrived later in the evening to clean up the house. The father told Velanzon Aldus was shot in the knee and taken to the hospital for an operation.

“When it was all over with, I heard screams telling him to ‘get down, get down,’ while Kote was screaming for his life,” he said.