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State Police: Man Arrested After 3 Die In Down East Shootings

One man was arrested in Machias Monday morning and charged with murder in connection with the shooting deaths of two men and a woman at three residences in Machias and Jonesboro.

An unidentified woman was also shot and injured.

“At approximately 11:15 a.m. this morning the Washington County Sheriff’s Department responded to the American Legion, located at 42 Court St. in Machias. At that time they came into contact with Thomas Bonfanti,” state police Lt. Troy Gardner told reporters at a Monday press conference. “Bonfanti has since been arrested and charged with murder.”

Gardner says Bonfanti, from Northfield, knew each of the victims, but Gardner did not provide a motive. He says authorities don’t think anyone else was involved.

Police identified the victims who died as 58-year-old Shawn Curry of Machias, 33-year-old Samuel Powers of Jonesboro and 50-year-old Jennifer Bryant Flynn of Machias.

Originally published Feb. 4, 2020 at 1:44 p.m. ET.

Ed is a Maine native who spent his early childhood in Livermore Falls before moving to Farmington. He graduated from Mount Blue High School in 1970 before going to the University of Maine at Orono where he received his BA in speech in 1974 with a broadcast concentration. It was during that time that he first became involved with public broadcasting. He served as an intern for what was then called MPBN TV and also did volunteer work for MPBN Radio.