Hartland man dies following officer-involved shooting in Waterville

Waterville Police say they responded to a hotel parking lot on Upper Main Street around 11:30 p.m. Thursday for a report of a man armed with a knife who was acting erratically and threatening people.
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Published: Feb. 12, 2021 at 11:54 AM EST
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WATERVILLE, Maine (WABI) - An officer-involved shooting in Waterville is being investigated by the Maine Attorney General’s Office.

Waterville Police say they responded to a hotel parking lot on Upper Main Street around 11:30 p.m. Thursday for a report of a man armed with a knife who was acting erratically and threatening people.

Officers located the man, but before they could talk to him, he charged at a police officer with a knife and ran across Main Street and up the northbound exit ramp of I-95 and onto the interstate.

He was later found sitting on a guardrail still holding the knife.

Attempts to persuade him to surrender were unsuccessful, according to police.

There was an armed confrontation, resulting in 32-year-old Eric Porter of Hartland being fatally shot by police.

As standard with an officer involved in the shooting, the police officer has been placed on administrative leave.

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