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PIPD Officer Involved Shooting Press Release

May 8, 2016

Media Release
Officer Involved Shooting

On May 7, 2016 at about 5:54 p.m., the Presque Isle Police Department responded to multiple calls regarding an individual who was reported to be acting suspiciously. One of those calls indicated that the individual, later identified as Derek J. Sam, 29, of Presque Isle, had a knife and was near the McDonald’s restaurant on Main Street. The caller also indicated the man with the knife appeared to be bleeding.

Officer Lucas Hafford made contact with Mr. Sam in a parking lot near 631 Main Street in Presque Isle. During an armed confrontation with Mr. Sam and, after failing to comply with Officer Hafford’s instructions to drop the knife, Officer Hafford deployed his TASER in an effort to stop Mr. Sam from approaching him with the knife. The TASER was ineffective. Mr. Sam, still armed with the knife, continued to aggressively approach Officer Hafford who, after several more commands to stop and drop the knife, shot and wounded Mr. Sam.

Mr. Sam was immediately transported to The Aroostook Medical Center for treatment and then life flighted to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.

The Office of the Attorney General is investigating the use of deadly force.

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