DOVER-FOXCROFT – A Shirley man charged Monday with aggravated attempted murder reportedly hid in a horse barn and got the jump on his 29-year-old female relative.
“He had gone to the barn where the horses were kept. He waited there for an hour, two hours for [the victim] to show up,” Assistant District Attorney Chris Almy said Tuesday, standing outside of the Piscataquis County Courthouse. “He had two guns with him and as soon she came into the barn, he started shooting.”
Christopher Hallowell, 24, who lives in both Bath and Shirley, is charged with eight felonies — aggravated attempted murder, attempted murder, aggravated assault, criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon, three counts of reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon and eluding an officer.
“It’s premeditated attempted murder. In other words, he had planned this out according to the evidence that we have,” Almy said.
The victim, who is related to Hallowell by marriage, was shot in the hip with a .22-caliber rifle, the prosecutor said, adding Hallowell used a .380-caliber handgun to shoot at a local couple who stopped to help.
“She was able to get away, run out into the roadway, Route 15, wave a truck down, hopped into the truck – they were going to help her,” Almy said. “He started shooting at the truck. He shot the truck three times and actually disabled one of the tires.”
Hallowell took off after police were called around 7 a.m. Monday to North Pointe Farm and Garden.
“She was taken to Mayo Hospital and at this point, the doctors have not removed the bullet because of their medical judgment,” Almy said of the victim.
Hallowell also was charged with misdemeanor operating after suspension.
“The defendant has a history of some mental and psychiatric problems and he believed that his relatives had not been treating his great grandmother properly,” Almy said. “DHHS has investigated this and found no basis for that but that is where his mind is.”
“He made statements to the investigator in this case that he was hoping to get all three people that he was mad at down at the barn,” the assistant DA said later.
Hallowell was arrested at gunpoint in Albion at about 8:15 a.m. Monday after a high-speed chase that ended when he crashed.
Almy told the judge the victims are, “scared to death about him getting out of jail.”
The judge set Hallowell’s bail at $25,000 cash or $50,000 surety.
His next court date is scheduled for Sept. 9.