Officer kills armed man at Newport campground

The Maine Attorney General’s Office is investigating.
The Maine Attorney General’s Office is investigating.
Published: Jul. 15, 2022 at 5:53 PM EDT
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NEWPORT, Maine (WABI) - An officer-involved shooting at a Newport campground left one man dead Friday evening.

The Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office and the Newport Police Department issued a joint statement saying 35-year-old Stephen Bossom was shot and killed by Deputy Kenneth York at Sebasticook Lake Campground.

The Penobscot County Regional Communications Center had received a social media post saying there was a person with a gun at the campground.

Police say York was the first to the scene and was confronted by a man with a gun.

Bossom was killed in the armed confrontation.

Neighbors who live across the street tell TV5 they heard a single gunshot.

The nearby Angler’s restaurant entered a lockdown for more than an hour.

The road was blocked off in front of the campground for hours more.

Those near the scene say this is not the kind of thing that happens often in the area.

”We walked down here and the whole roadway was already blocked off,” said neighbor Aiden Stone. “It was about three or four minutes of us standing down here and there was one gunshot. That was about it. It’s not normal to hear a gunshot this time of year that close to a public vicinity.”

Others were dining at Angler’s when they heard the news.

“The waitresses came yelling through the restaurant that they’d been notified that there was an active shooter out back,” said Toni Ouellette-Dupuis of Carmel. “There was one gentleman who was a little distraught because he had parents who were at the camping area.”

York is on administrative leave, as is standard procedure with officer-involved shootings.

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Posted by Penobscot County Sheriff's Office on Friday, July 15, 2022

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