A Thorndike man was hospitalized Tuesday night after being shot twice by a state trooper during an armed confrontation outside the man’s house, according to the Maine State Police.

Troopers were called to 108 Ward Hill Road in the Waldo County town at about 11 p.m. for a reported disturbance between Eric Fitzpatrick, 33, and his girlfriend, according to Stephen H. McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety.

Fitzpatrick was shot by Trooper Thomas Bureau, a seven-year veteran of the department, according to McCausland.

Fitzpatrick was taken to Waldo County General Hospital in Belfast, and then transferred by Lifelight helicopter to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, where a hospital spokesperson Wednesday said he was in critical condition.

Bureau, who was not injured in the incident, has been placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard practice following an officer-involved shooting, McCausland said.

McCausland said he had no additional information about the incident, including what kind of weapon Fitzpatrick reportedly had and what led Bureau to shoot him.

Officials with the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office did not return calls Wednesday to answer questions about their involvement in the case.

No one appeared to be at Fitzpatrick’s house Wednesday afternoon.

 

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