CHESTERVILLE — A 24-year-old man shot and killed himself Friday night inside a Chesterville home, just after police had arrived to arrest him for a shooting incident the night before in Livermore Falls.

State police intended to arrest Elmer A. Norton at the house, but the troopers heard a gunshot followed by a thud when they arrived at about 7 p.m., according to Maine State Police Lt. Donald Pomelow.

A State Police Tactical Team arrived and surrounded the Norton Road home and, after failed attempts to make contact, the team entered the house, finding Norton dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Pomelow said.

Norton was alone in the house and Pomelow did not know the type of gun he used to shoot himself. Pomelow said he didn’t know the address or whether Norton lived in the house.

Police had been looking for Norton in connection with a shooting that happened around midnight Thursday, near Depot and High streets in Livermore Falls, according to Chief Ernest Steward Jr.

Norton allegedly pulled a handgun on a 34-year-old man, who he had been arguing with by phone earlier Thursday, the chief stated in a release. Norton fired one shot at the man and ran away after the bullet missed, the release states.


There was also an outstanding arrest warrant for Norton stemming from a domestic violence call June 13 at the same location, Steward said Monday.

Steward believes the two incidents were related and investigators on Friday asked state police to execute the arrest warrant, which was issued by Lewiston District Court, he said.

Three state police troopers responded to the home Friday and called the tactical team immediately after hearing the gunshot, Pomelow said.

“They knew the risk with this guy and called the tactical team, once they heard the gunshot obviously the risk factor goes up considerably,” he said.

David Robinson — 861-9287

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