Wednesday, 09 January 2019 15:06

Officer involved in fatal shooting back to work Featured

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OLD TOWN - Last November, an Old Town police officer was placed on paid administrative leave after shooting a person to death when a traffic stop escalated into a violent confrontation.

According to Old Town Deputy Police Chief Lee Miller, Officer Joseph Decoteau has returned to work.


The Nov. 29 shooting claimed the life of 37-year-old Adrian Bunker of Merrimack, New Hampshire after Decoteau pulled him over on Stillwater Avenue in Old Town. 


Paid administrative leave is standard protocol after an officer-involved shooting in Maine. Decoteau resumed his patrol in late December.


Old Town police have not given a reason for the traffic stop. The Old Town Police Department convened a panel to review the shooting but the findings have not been released.


The shooting remains under investigation by the Maine Office of the Attorney General and the Old Town Police Department.