WATERVILLE — A Waterville man was charged recently following a police investigation into a shooting that occurred in May in the area of Silver Street Extension downtown, near The Concourse parking area.

Christopher Manigat, 21, was arrested and charged with Class B aggravated assault, Class C reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon and Class B theft by receiving stolen property, according to a statement released Tuesday by police Chief William Bonney. Manigat also was arrested on a warrant for failure to appear for operating after suspension.

Christopher Manigat Courtesy photo

Just before midnight on May 12, police officers patrolling The Concourse heard gunshots coming from the area of Silver Street Extension, according to Bonney. They found a man, 21, who had been shot in the leg. He was uncooperative with police.

“During the investigation several fights broke out in front of the Cancun Restaurant on Silver Street Extension, requiring the Waterville police officers investigating the shooting to request backup from surrounding agencies,” Bonney said. “Officers from the Fairfield, Oakland, and Winslow police departments responded as well as deputies from the Kennebec Sheriff’s Office and troopers from the Maine State Police.”

Waterville police Detective Riley Dowe worked for months on the investigation and identified a person of interest in the shooting, Bonney said. Waterville Officer Jake Whitley arrested Manigat on Saturday on an unrelated arrest warrant for failure to appear for operating after suspension.

Manigat remains held without bail in the Kennebec County Jail in Augusta, awaiting arraignment.

Dowe completed his investigation into the shooting and developed enough evidence to charge Manigat with Class C reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon and Class B aggravated assault, Bonney said. The charge of receiving stolen property was filed because Manigat was found with a stolen handgun, he said.

“Detective Dowe did an excellent job investigating this case and following leads to a successful conclusion,” Bonney said. “Solving these types of violent crimes is incredibly important for the safety and well-being of the community.”

Bonney said at the time of the shooting that police arrested one man that evening, a 23-year-old Massachusetts man, for failure to disperse, a Class E misdemeanor.

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