A Clinton man accused of shooting at his girlfriend in January is the first person to be monitored electronically under a new program in Somerset County.

Edward Domasinsky, 56, shot himself in the face after that Jan. 5 incident at his home on Horseback Road and was hospitalized until Wednesday afternoon.

Maeghan Maloney, district attorney in Kennebec and Somerset counties, said he was arrested Friday and faces charges of felony aggravated assault and domestic violence assault. After an initial appearance Friday in Augusta District Court, he was released on unsecured bail that bars him from contacting the victim.

However, conditions approved by a judge made him the first person in Maine to be monitored electronically by a district attorney’s office before a trial, Maloney said.

It’s being done under a first-of-its-kind program in Maine announced by Maloney’s office in August. It provided money to Somerset County to rent GPS devices to be used for tracking the movement of people charged with domestic-violence crimes.

Money to start the program was raised at an event sponsored by the family of Amy Bagley Lake, of Dexter, who was shot and killed in 2011 alongside her two children by her estranged husband and their father, Steven Lake, who killed himself afterward.


In Domasinsky’s case, Maloney said the defendant agreed to the monitoring after the victim asked for it.

Maloney said his medical condition makes it impossible for him to be held in jail — he has a tracheostomy, feeding tubes and two types of cancer — but he still can walk and drive and could harm the victim.

The victim is “terrified that he has nothing to lose,” Maloney said, “so she wanted something to keep her safe.”

The device is programmed to send a signal to the Somerset County Regional Communications Center if someone in the program enters an area from which he or she is banished by bail conditions. That’s when dispatchers would alert law enforcement.

Maloney said Domasinsky’s conditions bar him from Somerset County, where the victim lives, except for Fairfield, where he attends doctors’ appointments.

An affidavit from a Clinton police officer, released by the court on Friday, said Domasinsky’s then-girlfriend told him that after an argument in January, Domasinsky hit her in the face with his fists and choked her until she passed out.


When she awoke, the victim said Domasinsky was holding her at gunpoint. He pulled the trigger, but she said she deflected the shotgun’s barrel and suffered only powder burns to her shoulder. After that, he hit her with the gun’s barrel, loaded it and shot himself.

She fled at that point and thought she was wounded when she reached the home of a neighbor a quarter-mile away. The neighbor called 911 and Domasinsky drove to the neighbor’s home, but the homeowner armed himself and asked Domasinsky to leave.

When police arrived, they found Domasinsky sitting in his truck at his home, conscious. He was taken to Maine Medical Center in Portland by a LifeFlight helicopter. Domasinsky’s aggravated assault charge is a class B felony that carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.

Maloney said the GPS device was put on his right ankle. On Friday evening, she said she knew where Domasinsky was.

“He is at home right now, and the bracelet is reporting properly,” she said.

Michael Shepherd — 370-7652


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