Lovell shooting suspect under 12-hour curfew


PARIS — A man wounded by police after he fired a shotgun at family members in Lovell in May is no longer restricted to his home in Oxford, a court ruled Thursday.

Dennis Buffington Jr., 31, formerly of Lovell, had been under house arrest since late May. He was granted a motion in Oxford County Unified Court lifting that bail restriction Thursday. He must instead adhere to a curfew of 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.

Last month, he was allowed to move from Waterford to Oxford to be closer to medical treatment.

Buffington is charged with felony counts of aggravated criminal mischief, criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon, four counts of reckless conduct, as well as misdemeanor counts of assault, driving to endanger and discharging a firearm near a residence.

An affidavit by Maine State Police detective Christopher Farley states Buffington was drunk and grew upset after an argument with his girlfriend on the night of May 20 in Lovell.

Afterward, he began verbally and physically abusing his uncle, who tried to stick up for the woman, according to court documents.

“. . . Buffington got upset with (one victim) and told her to stop calling him an idiot and to be nice to him,” Farley wrote. “Buffington got upset and went outside, and a while later she heard gunshots outside.”

Farley, after interviews with numerous witnesses, said Buffington smashed out the windows of a home 52 Nut Hatch Road, fired a .22-caliber rifle three to four times at the home while a 45-year-old woman and three teenagers were inside and made calls threatening everyone.

Buffington lived next door in a yellow trailer at 50 Nut Hatch Road, where police said he had access to numerous weapons. At some point, he drove his truck into a telephone pole. 

According to Farley, about two hours after the incident began, Buffington, who knew police had arrived, walked out of his trailer toward police waving a “long gun” in his right hand and making threatening statements. He was later shot by Oxford County Cpl. George Cayer, who a review panel later cleared of any wrongdoing. 

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