WATERVILLE — A Winslow man has been charged with murder in connection with the death of a man who was shot outside of a Waterville bar Tuesday night, according to authorities.
Justin V. Smith, 26, of China was shot at approximately 11 p.m. Tuesday outside You Know Whose Pub on the Concourse, Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland said in a press release Wednesday morning. He was taken by ambulance to a MaineGeneral Medical Center campus in Waterville, where he died.
Charged with murder in connection with Smith’s death is Matthew Partridge, 30, of Winslow.
Witnesses said a truck left the scene of the shooting, McCausland said in the release. Shortly afterward, Partridge was taken into custody after his pickup was pulled over by state police on Route 8 in Smithfield.
Police said the two likely were unacquainted and the shooting occurred after a confrontation between them outside the bar.
The Concourse is a parking lot and shopping center nestled in downtown Waterville with a short road connecting Main and Spring streets. The area has been host to incidents in the recent past, including one in which a man was arrested in November after police said he tried to start a fighton the Concourse, and a stabbing in May on Temple Street, directly across Main Street from the Concourse.
The Office of the Maine State Medical Examiner in Augusta will conduct an autopsy on Smith’s body Wednesday afternoon, McCausland said. Partridge is expected to make his first court appearance by Thursday.