Woman shot in Buckfield

BUCKFIELD — A local woman was shot in the neck during an argument Monday afternoon, but she is expected to survive.

Daryn Slover, Sun Journal

A man is questioned by Maine State Police at 51 Depot St. in Buckfield on Monday. Travis Peer of Buckfield said the man being questioned is Scott Ackley. Peer said he was in the house playing Xbox at the time of the shooting. 

Daryn Slover, Sun Journal

Maine State Police investigate a shooting at 51 Depot Street in Buckfield on Monday. 

Daryn Slover, Sun Journal

A Maine State Police car is parked outside 51 Depot Street in Buckfield on Monday. 

Daryn Slover, Sun Journal

A woman is lifted from a Buckfield ambulance before being transported to the hospital by a LifeFlight helicopter in Buckfield on Monday. 

The victim is Sharon Demayo, 38, of Buckfield, Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Steve McCausland said in a statement.

Demayo’s live-in boyfriend, Scott Ackley, 41, was arrested and charged with domestic assault, McCausland said.

Two teenage boys present during the shooting reportedly were not harmed.

At approximately 5:30 p.m. Monday, Maine State Police, Oxford County Sheriff's Deputies and the Buckfield Fire Department responded to the call of a shooting at 51 Depot St.

According to Travis Peer of Buckfield, he was playing video games at the home of his friend Justin, Demayo’s son, when Demayo and her live-in boyfriend, Ackley, entered the house.

Peer said the couple had been “drinking quite a bit” earlier and returned home arguing. Peer said Ackley became “quite aggressive” toward Demayo.

According to Peer, Demayo left and entered the room with a 9mm handgun that was kept in the house in an attempt to break up the fight. She then went on to say to Ackley, “'Hit me, I dare you,'” repeatedly.

Peer said that he looked away for just a couple of seconds. That was when, Peer said, Ackley took the gun from Demayo and, “A gun shot went off and my friend's mother hit the floor.”

Peer said it looked like Demayo was bleeding from her nose and said that he didn't know if she had been shot or had received a bloody nose in the fall.

Peer said Demayo didn't say anything at first but as he started dialing 911 on his phone, she began calling for help from the floor.

Within minutes, police arrived, Peer said. He and Demayo's son fled the house.

According to Peer, police held Ackley for about 20 minutes on the floor while assessing the situation.

Ackley remained at the scene talking to state police officers while Demayo was removed to an ambulance about 100 yards down the street to await evacuation by Life Flight which had landed in front of the Highway Department garage.

At 8:40 p.m., Aclkey was cuffed and taken away by the Maine State Police. According to Trooper Kyle Tillsley, the incident is still under investigation. Ackley is being held at the Oxford County Jail and charged with domestic assault.

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The bullets are flying in Central Maine now!!! Let's arm everybody!! Yeeeehawwww!! (raucous Stephen Foster music playing in background)

ERNEST LABBE's picture

Welcome to the

Welcome to the new Sun Journal Enquirer. That front page picture of an injured women being loaded into an ambulance is terribly unprofessional. Rex you should really be impressed with yourself for alllowing that picture to be printed. Is all morallity gone from journalism?

I realize that this shooting fits right in with your agenda to preach gun control. However it is terribly distasteful. Will you people stoop that low to try to sell your ideas.

RONALD RIML's picture

Earnest, You've no problem with the reality of 'Gun Stupidity?'

So let's just hide it under a bucket? Shine no light on it?

1st Amendment precedes the 2nd if you hadn't noticed.........

Catherine Pressey's picture

Hey! Ronald it me.

Scares me is wow, now if I remember somewhere, you do not pick up a gun unless you intend to use it. What on earth was she thinking, and the young man that was visiting, heck when the gun came out he should have booked it out the back door if there is one. He could have gotten killed, I am not against guns per se but darn guess if you got two drinkers now that is a bad mix. And go get a gun lady and tell the drunk boyfriend come on hit me. I tried that once with my abusive husband, no gun was part of the disagreement. I stood and said go ahead hit me and he did, broke my noise. Put me on the floor, so my motto is be careful what you ask for. Sad state of affairs. Of course in time I Divorced him, not soon enough though. WOW! is all I can say pick up a gun drunk. Or when your arguing.

ERNEST LABBE's picture

No It shouldn't be

No It shouldn't be hidden under a blanket. However this woman has a right to some kind of privacy. How would you react to seeing one of your loved ones picture on the front page or any page of a news paper like that was?

I would hope that whoever took that picture is not a member of a first responding unit. That is a very serious HEPA violation.

RONALD RIML's picture

She forfeited her 'Right of Privacy" when she exercised

Her Privilege of Stupidity.

FRANK EARLEY's picture

There's no law against what these two did..........

Until there is a law against stupidity, all you can do is hope for the best. In this case the outcome was for the most part good. It didn't have to be that way.
How long did she think about using the gun, before she grabbed it? In my house anyway the gun would need to be loaded, before it can be used. Although I use speed loaders, it still takes some coordination to do this properly. The gun safe would need to be unlocked, this to can be done in just seconds, unless your a little tipsy, or worse yet, tipsy and angry.
I'm not going to preach about the perils of drinking, damn, I wrote the book. I'm not going to preach gun safety. I guess you could say, that book is still being written. What I mean to say is people need to sometimes keep their guns away from themselves. If your prone to going out and tying on a good one, especially if you enjoy fighting your way home afterward. Don't leave loaded guns lying around. If you can grab a gun and shoot, as easily as you can grab a dish and smash it, someones going to get hurt.
Put a couple of safety steps between you and your gun. Steps that if intoxicated will be more difficult. Lock the gun in a small gun box, keep the ammo separate, but close. If your sober, you should be able to retrieve your weapon and load it in seconds, if your a little under the weather, maybe you will frustrate yourself into not shooting someone. That's one hangover I never want to wake up with...............

RONALD RIML's picture

Tragedy?? Try a 'Foreseeable Conclusion'

There's simply some folks that need guns like alcoholics need booze.......

Noel Foss's picture

And there's some folks who tilt against them

Like Don Quixote against a windmill.
The problem is that stories like this are all you see in the news.
It's not necessarily a fault of the journalists; it's because if you're not acting like an idiot, you're rarely considered newsworthy.

RONALD RIML's picture

I happened to see these'Stories' in person......

That's what changed my attitude about guns and the fools that own them......



The mix of alcohol or drugs , guns and volatile emotions is a recipe for mayhem. You don't have to be Nostradamus to predict someone will get hurt. Regardless, the woman may deserve to go to jail but she didn't deserve to be shot and those two boys could very well have ended up dead if the woman had been fatally shot. In most instances this would have ended up with 4 people dead. Call it a Constitutional rights issue if you want but I call it tragedy.

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I don't understand why the

I don't understand why the woman isn't being charged also? She was intoxicated and sounds like just as much liable, she brought the gun into the fight, and she was just as bad for repeatedly sayind "hit me". She should also be charged with domestic. I thought that law had changed to hold both parties liable in a situation like this?

Catherine Pressey's picture

I don't understand why the boy did not flee,

And I think the woman will end up being charged and I believe the man was just trying to get the gun from her. And it went off, as for her being shot I believe that was an accident. After all the man did not go get the gun and egg her on, I bet the cops drop the charges on the guy and charge the woman, she got the gun, if you pick up a gun the old saying is you better be willing to use it. And the story says the man somehow got it away from her and they were wrestling over it. When it went off. ??? Who's finger was on the trigger if someone came at, another person with a gun, and got to wrestling over it. And it goes off hurting the one that brought the gun out. In the struggle I guess she brought it on herself, and could have hurt the boys. Crazy people. Drunk bet they hardly remember whom did what.

Brad Alexander's picture

Domestic Assault

Why is this being limited to domestic assault? I would think they would have arrested him with charges of attempted murder.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Did she not come out of the

Did she not come out of the room pointing the gun at him? A second year law student could make a pretty good case for self-defense .

David  Cote's picture


Since it took the authorities several hours from the time of the event until Ackley was formally charged with a crime leads me to believe they were trying to gain as much clear information from those involved before they could actually bring forth a charge that makes enough legal sense to hold Ackley. Remember, both the perp and the victim wete suposedly intoxicated. I don't believe the story stated how old the victim's son is the event most likely rattled him and his version of what happened may have been inconsistant if he was asked to offer his account of it multiple times. In any event, the police can upgrade the charges as they gather more info if that info leads them to a more viable conclusion to do so. The important thing was to charge Ackley with a crime in order to give themselves the time neccessary to conduct a thurogh investigation, and to keep Ackley in custody so he doesn't disappear. It seems if the charges are upgraded it would wind up being attempted manslaughter.

RONALD RIML's picture

Hey - You gotta problem with that!!!!!

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Emotion is the cemetery of

Emotion is the cemetery of rational thought.

MARK GRAVEL's picture

So Ronald, do you blame the

So Ronald, do you blame the alcohol or the gun?

RONALD RIML's picture

I blame the people.

Who are neanderthal enough to mix the two.

MARK GRAVEL's picture

Ah, one of those rare

Ah, one of those rare occasions that we agree. I actually feel kind of dirty making that statement.

RONALD RIML's picture

Surprised you, didn't I.

Simply because one has the 'Right' to bear a firearm doesn't mean that they've been endowed with the good common sense required to exercise that responsibility.

Darwin Awards, Jail, and Confiscation eventually await those who aren't up to it.

Irate spouses occasionally take matters (firearms) into their owns hands.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Drunk behind the wheel or

Drunk behind the wheel or drunk behind a gun; either way, chaos ensues.

MARK GRAVEL's picture

Therefore, if we follow the

Therefore, if we follow the mindset of the liberal, we need to ban guns and cars because people are not responsible.

RONALD RIML's picture

Actually that's 'Conservative Thought'

Liberals trust folks to use good judgement. That's why we were for enfranchising the Minority and Womens' Vote.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

"Or, we could just ban guns

"Or, we could just ban guns and steering wheels", suggested the deep-thinking parrot.

 's picture

Or just ban people and solve

Or just ban people and solve all our problems

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Don't have to. If abortion

Don't have to. If abortion and same sex marriage remain unchecked, the people problem will take care of itself.

MARK GRAVEL's picture

Hey, let’s not give

Hey, let’s not give politicians any ideas.


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