Snowmobile trail argument leads to shooting in Lowell

LOWELL — An argument over snowmobile trails Saturday night resulted in one person being shot in the hand, Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety, confirmed Monday.

The injured person, one of several people who entered the residence of the person they were arguing with, was in a private vehicle when located by Maine State Police troopers responding to the 10:30 pm. shooting.

“The offenders fled the scene prior to [the] troopers[’] arrival, but were located en route to the hospital,” said a summary of the incident posted by the Troop E barracks in Orono on the state police website.

The injured person was taken to Penobscot Valley Hospital in Lincoln, Lt. Wesley Hussey, commander of Troop E, which covers Penobscot and Piscataquis counties, said Monday.

The “investigation revealed that some subjects were in a dispute [with] another subject over some snowmobile trails, when they entered the residence,” the Troop E post states, and McCausland confirmed. “The homeowner was armed … and fired at them as they entered. One of those entering was struck in the hand.”

State police Troopers Ben Campbell, Michael Johnson and Barry Meserve responded to a residence in Lowell, located just a few miles southwest of Burlington, along with deputies from the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office and a warden.

“I don’t know any more details,” McCausland said.

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Catherine Pressey's picture


Sounds like many details are not stated, however Allisa I ride horseback and know how if feels to have trails removed from my system. Like all the town of Minot Maine old public roads, that were intended to stay open to all those that wished to walk ride anything just would not be maintained by the towns. So now Allisa owners like you that now claims the closed public roads. Can block and prevent anyone from the right of way that always existed, before a handful of the town of Minot tax payers voting to take my rights away. Not facing the fact that the public is all of mankind, not just those that live in that town. I live just on the other side of the town line. And those old roads or trails were a pleasant place to ride my horse. Until now. Thankfully those same land owners do not have issues with horsemen. We for the most part are quiet and respectful as we pass by. I sure would like to hear the whole story about the trail and what has caused others to think it is OK to enter ones home to push that point. Sadly someone got hurt. Sadly the land owner will pay dearly no matter how you look at it. Sad but true! YES LAND OWNERS ARE IN THEIR RIGHT JUST A SHAME THIS HAPPENED. I think the home owner is within his right to defend himself, it still going to cause him much grief.

Jeff Douglas's picture

misleading headline SJ

the current headline leads one to belive that someone brought a gun to a trail dispute. the headline should read "homeowner defends home from group over trail dispute".

Allisa Milliard's picture

in an updated version of this

in an updated version of this story on the bdn website, the guys were angry about this guy plowing his road on his land and blocking their snowmobile trails. they tried to grab the gun from the homeowner, also.

i really have to rethink buying property in maine if i'm going to be intimidated and forced to comply with recreational users of my property.

GARY SAVARD's picture

Better to be safe than sorry.

Better to be safe than sorry. If the homeowner had not been armed, he would certainly have been harmed.

Eric  LeBlanc's picture

The guy who got shot is lucky

If you enter my residence in a threatening manner you'll be leaving in a body bag. Of course if I was one of the anti-gun nuts I'd probably be the one leaving in a body bag Respect the 2nd Amendment.


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