AUGUSTA (WGME) — Police are investigating after an Augusta police officer shot a man early Sunday morning during an “armed altercation.”
Investigators say the man who was shot was wanted by Fairfield Police on domestic assault and cruelty to animals charges.
The shooting happened around 12:30 a.m. Sunday on at 911 South Belfast Avenue, according to police.
Augusta Police Officer Sabastian Guptill was trying to locate the suspect, Robert Farrington, 27, of Augusta, inside the home when the shooting occurred, according to police.
According to Fairfield Police, Farrington was wanted after allegedly assaulting his former girlfriend at a home in that town Saturday night. Officers said Farrington also injured a pet during that altercation.
Officer Guptill has been placed on administrative leave, with pay, as the shooting is investigated. He graduated from the Maine Criminal Justice Academy in May.
This is Maine’s fourth officer-involved shooting this year.