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Police officer shot in Waterville, lone gunman caught

State Police name the suspect in the shooting as Richard Murray-Burns, 29, of Harmony.

WATERVILLE, Maine — State Police and the Attorney General's Office are investigating a police involved shooting in Waterville. 

The incident started when officer Timothy Hinton stopped a car along Route 201 after a shoplifting complaint from Waterville’s Wal-Mart. 

State Police say Hinton was fired upon while he was inside his cruiser as the gunman’s car left the scene. Hinton, who was wounded, began the pursuit until other officers could pick up the chase. 

Police officers from several police agencies were involved in the pursuit, along Routes 201 and 23, ending at Route 2 in Canaan when several officers fired and wounded the suspect.

According to State Police, Richard Murray-Burns, 29, of Harmony is being treated for multiple wounds. He was shot by police in Canaan following a chase from Waterville. Richard Murray-Burns of Harmony is being treated at EMMC in Bangor.

State Police say Waterville officer Timothy Hinton was shot in both arms early Sunday afternoon. Hinton was treated and released around 4:30 p.m. from the Thayer unit of MaineGeneral in Waterville.

State Police say several police cruisers in the chase were struck by gunfire from the suspect. Police say Murray-Burns was armed with "an assault styled weapon."

As is protocol, the Attorney General's office is investigating the officer involved shooting and is sending a team of investigators to Canaan. 

McCausland says the suspect in custody appears to have acted alone. 

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Police say eight police officers shot at the suspect and they have each been placed on administrative leave with pay, which is standard procedure.

In addition to Hinton, the officers involved were State Troopers Eric Sucy, Rick Moody, Daniel Murray and Garret Booth, Fire Marshal Investigator Ken MacMaster, Somerset Deputy Sheriff Stephen Arminger and Winslow Police Officer Cameron Huggins.

Viewer Michael Little shared photos of the scene in Canaan with NEWS CENTER Maine:

Credit: Michael Little
Credit: Michael Little
Credit: Michael Little

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