State Police Trooper Shoots And Kills Man In Confrontation In Wales

May 14, 2018

State police have identified a man fatally shot by a trooper early Monday morning after an hours-long standoff in the Androscoggin County town of Wales.

Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland says Trooper James Macdonald shot and killed 54-year-old William Derick during an armed confrontation.

McCausland says police were called to a mobile home about 9 p.m. Sunday after a shot allegedly had been fired at a woman in a domestic violence incident. The woman was not injured.

The Maine attorney general’s office is investigating, which is standard procedure after a police shooting.

“The specifics will come out in the AG’s report when it is released. We’re certainly cooperating fully with the attorney general’s office and conducting a review of our own,” he says.

MacDonald, a seven-year state police veteran and member of the agency’s tactical team, has been placed on paid administrative pending the review, also standard practice.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.