SHIRLEY – A relative of the owner of a farm stand in town reportedly shot her early Monday, and was later arrested at gunpoint by Maine State Police.
“We’ve charged him right now with attempted murder,” said Chief Deputy Todd Lyford of the Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Office. “I’m sure [District Attorney Marianne] Lynch will review the case and decide if other charges are forthcoming.”
Christopher Hallowell, 24, of Shirley, who formerly lived in Bath, reportedly shot the owner of the North Pointe Farm and Garden on Route 15 just before 7 a.m.
“A female victim was picked up and transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries,” Lyford said.
Lyford said the business owner is a 29-year-old woman and relative of Hallowell. He added, they did not live together.
Hallowell took off after the shooting in his Ford Escape.
“He was eventually arrested in Albion by the state police,” Lyford said.
Hallowell crashed his car after a short police chase near the junction of Clark and Winslow roads, according to Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety.
He crashed at about 8:15 a.m. while attempting to turn and ended up in a field.
Hallowell was taken into custody at gunpoint by a trooper, McCausland said. Several other troopers also responded to assist.
“We were lucky that things worked together and we got the subject in custody rather quickly,” Lyford said.
Hallowell was transported to the Piscataquis County Jail. He’s scheduled to be in court later this week.
“We’re investigating what led up to the shooting and we’ve gathered evidence and will work with DA Lynch,” Lyford said.
The Times Record in Brunswick reported in February that Hallowell was living in Bath and announced he was running as a Libertarian to fill a vacant House District 52 seat, but failed to collect enough signatures to get on the ballot.
A post on the Shirley farm stand’s Facebook page states the business will be closed for the next two days.