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Man shot in Old Town police shooting from Cambridge Featured

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CAMBRIDGE - The Merrimack, New Hampshire man who died by gunshot in Old Town early Thursday morning in what police describe as an "armed confrontation" with a local officer, grew up in the small village of Cambridge, Maine.

Adrian Bunker, 37, died after he was stopped by Old Town police Officer Joseph Decoteau on Stillwater Avenue at about 3:20 a.m. and was shot during the confrontation.

With less than 500 residents, most of the people in Cambridge knew Bunker or his family who ran Bunker's Garage in town for decades.

“Well, he was a pretty good character,” said Bill Digby, a former Cambridge town selectman. “That's all I can say. He was a lot of fun. He was a little wild at times but he was a good person.”

“It's huge...I don't know the exact words,” said Rachel Raye, a Cambridge resident and friend of the Bunker family. “He has a lovely wife, he has a kid. He was the best, best father. Best spirit of anything to look at.”

“He was a gentleman,” said Fred Tyler, a Cambridge resident and former co-worker. “A very kind man.”

The Maine Attorney General's Office is investigating the officer-involved shooting, and Decoteau, who has only been with the department since December of last year, was placed on administrative leave until the investigation is finalized.

Currently, there are nine open investigations, four from 2017 and five from this year, including one on Grove Street in Bangor back in October.

“I was surprised to hear about him, the way it came about,” said Digby.

“When I very first hear, I was shocked,” Raye said.

“I just couldn't believe what I heard last night,” Tyler said. “He was nothing but a gentleman. I know nothing about his that was out of the way.”

Adrian Bunker's wife and son are staying with his dad who lives in town. Adrian Bunker spent the night before he died having dinner at the Cambridge General Store, where he seemed to be his jolly self, cracking jokes that made everybody laugh, the owners said. Nobody knows why he was in old town.

Locals reacted with heartbreak for the Bunker family, especially since Adrian's younger brother died earlier this year.

“He'll be missed. That is for sure,” Digby said. “I feel bad for his father because he just lost a brother.”

“The family is amazing,” Raye said. “And now with Adrian up and going so soon, so quick. None of us know what to think. We're all here with them. We all love them.”

“It's a shame, but hell, he's with The Lord now,” Digby said.

With so many unanswered question, folks in town say they know they may never get answers.

Nit-Noi Ricker

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Nit-Noi Ricker is an Army brat who grew up on a farm in Winterport. She went to the University of Maine and the University of Northern Texas to learn how to be a journalist and started her career in Arizona at the Williams-Grand Canyon News, ...