Explosions and gunfire rock Maine metropolis as cops shoot gunman lifeless after hours-long manhunt

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Explosions and gunfire rock Maine metropolis as cops shoot gunman lifeless after hours-long manhunt


Gunfire and explosions erupted in a central Maine metropolis within the wee hours Saturday morning, resulting in a wild shootout between a gunman and cops that ended with the perpetrator lifeless.

A girl in Auburn, Maine, known as 911 at 12:57 a.m. with a report that her vital different was tussling with a gunman — later recognized as Leein Hinkley, 43 — attempting to interrupt into their residence, Deputy Chief Timothy A. Cougle of the Auburn Police Division stated at a press convention Saturday afternoon.

Whereas she was on the cellphone, gunshots have been heard within the background and by the point cops arrived, she had escaped, however her residence was on fireplace, Cougle stated.

Police confronted off with Leein Hinkley in a wild shootout in Auburn, Maine. Google Maps

Hinkley fired at cops as they arrived and yelled at them from inside the lady’s residence. A couple of minutes later, he shot on the police once more, Cougle stated.

At round 1:30, police found the blaze had unfold to a house subsequent door. Each homes have been destroyed, officers stated.

The gunman then fled, hiding in a neighboring storage earlier than making his method to the rooftop of one other residence.

At 5:36 a.m., police shot and killed Hinkley as he waved his gun, in keeping with Col. William Ross of the Maine State Police.

Hinkley had a felony historical past, Ross stated. He was out on bail since June 12, after he was held on an probation violation involving a 2011 conviction for home violence, elevated aggravated assault, in addition to a current home violence arrest.

Maine police instituted a shelter-in-place order within the metropolis of Auburn as madman was on the unfastened with a gun. Fb/Auburn Fireplace Division

Houses within the instant space have been evacuated and Central Maine Energy shut down electrical energy.

Authorities quickly issued a shelter-in-place order for the neighborhood throughout the melee.

Police are searching for the person who was the sufferer of the theft.

One cop was handled for minor accidents and launched.

Houses within the instant space have been evacuated and Central Maine Energy shut down electrical energy. Fb/Maine Police Fireplace EMS Sheriff Scanner Radio

Cougle stated “many questions stay unanswered” and the investigation is simply starting.

The Maine Lawyer Normal’s workplace may also examine using lethal drive.

The state fireplace marshal’s workplace is investigating the fires, Newscenter Maine reported.

“It’s been an intense and tragic morning right here in Auburn,” Cougle stated on the press convention.

“Incidents like this one we’ve got skilled at present are most scary for our neighborhood, particularly in mild of the occasions that befell this previous October.”

Auburn is only a mile down the street from Lewiston, the place Robert Card shot and killed 18 folks within the state’s deadliest mass taking pictures on Oct. 25.


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