Tests of rifle continue in death of Lewiston man on Turner egg farm

TURNER (AP) — Maine prosecutors say any charges in a shooting at an Androscoggin County egg farm will likely come from a grand jury.

Deputy Attorney General William Stokes said investigators are still doing ballistic tests on a .22-caliber rifle they believe was used in the shooting.

Authorities say 57-year-old Manuel Adame of Lewiston was fatally shot Aug. 19 by another worker who was shooting at rodents and stray chickens as one of the farm's chicken barns was being cleared out.

Stokes told the Portland Press Herald Friday the shooting was accidental but it's important to the victim's family that prosecutors present a complete case.

The farm is called Moark Egg Farm and is owned by Land O'Lakes Inc.

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FRANK EARLEY's picture

I may have been accidental, but........

I've worked in a lot of fields that require a certain degree of safety standards. Short of military personnel in combat situations, I can't find any that require the use of fire arms in the normal operation of a large facility.
Bullets are very difficult to localize, if you aim at a particular direction, how many possible targets are in the possible range of that bullet.
I worked at the farm back in the early nineties repairing their phone system after a huge fire there. That facility is way to big and populated to have anyone, let alone a pest control worker firing anything more powerful than an air rifle, I really doubt anyone will find this method or pest control anything but incredibly irresponsible. It's so blatantly dangerous, I feel at the very least, manslaughter charges are warranted.

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