State Police: Lamoine Man Used Two Guns to Kill Father and Uncle
A double murder led to a manhunt Tuesday morning in Lamoine.
It started at 3:45 Tuesday morning.
" The caller reported there was a shooting that occurred. Once deputies arrived on scene they did confirm there were two deceased males," said Lt. Christopher Coleman, commander of Maine State Police Major Crimes.
Before the double murder investigation could begin, there was a manhunt for the killer, and police knew who they were looking for.
" His name is Leon Tilden. We believe he lived right there. His whereabouts at this point are not known. We believe that he should be considered armed and dangerous," said Coleman.
As the morning went on, neighbors started hearing about what happened.
" Got texts, phone calls, and then the police knocking on my door, that's how I was told about it," said John Donovan, who lives in the neighborhood where the shootings happened.
Parents were told not to let their kids wait for the school bus alone on Tuesday.
" This is something you find in the city going on. It's surprising," said Donovan, as he dropped off kids at the school bus.
Seven hours later, police found Leon Tilden, 27.
" Leon Tilden, who was armed, was encountered by members of the Maine State Police Tactical Team," said Lt. Col. Raymond Bessette, with the Maine State Police.
Tilden was shot by State Police Detective Randall Keaton. Details of that shooting are not being released. Tilden was taken by Lifeflight to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor where he died late Tuesday morning.
The Attorney General will investigate the police use of deadly force. Detective Keaton is on administrative leave, as is protocol anytime there is an officer involved shooting.
We're told Tilden's mother and brother were in the house when the double shooting happened, so police hope to have more information for them, soon.
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