Somerset County Sheriff Dale Lancaster said Thursday that the investigation into a shooting July 26 has turned up information that shows what police were told the night of the shooting did not match evidence discovered since.

Lancaster said he still could not release details of what investigators know, only that a New York man had been shot in the buttocks and had lost a lot of blood.

At about 9:15 p.m. Wednesday, July 26, the Somerset County Communications Center received a call from a woman who said she had picked up a man on the side of Route 150 somewhere in the Cornville area. The man said he had been shot.

Lancaster said the woman told police that she did not know the man. Route 150 runs from Skowhegan through Cornville, Athens and Harmony before continuing north to Guilford in Piscataquis County.

County deputies, Skowhegan Police and Redington-Fairview EMS responded and intercepted the car at the intersection of Route 150 and the Molunkus Road. The man was taken to Redington-Fairview General Hospital in Skowhegan and later life-flighted to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, according to Lancaster.

The sheriff would not say where the man was shot or by whom or what the circumstances of the shooting were.

“Detectives from the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office have evidence that there was a shooting and it did not occur as originally reported,” Lancaster said Thursday. “Detectives have processed and collected evidence associated with this shooting. Somerset County detectives have been working with the New York City Police Department and the Somerset County District Attorney’s Office as this case continues.”

The man who was shot later was released from the hospital and since has returned home to New York, Lancaster said.

No charges have been filed against anyone in connection with the case.

Doug Harlow — 612-2367

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