Waterville man charged with shooting his wife


FAIRFIELD (AP) – A Waterville man shot his estranged wife and then took their 5- and 6-year-old children to day care before driving to the police station to turn himself in while the critically injured victim lay unattended, police said Friday.

Rhonda Reynolds, 37, was taken via LifeFlight helicopter from Inland Hospital in Waterville to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, where she was on life support and in critical condition, Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety, said Friday night.

It’s unclear exactly when the shooting took place but it was apparently between the time an older child went to school and the time Richard Reynolds turned himself in at the Waterville Police Department at about 8:30 a.m., McCausland said.

The two younger children were in the home when the shooting took place, but they were dropped off safely at day care, McCausland said.

Reynolds, 40, was charged with aggravated attempted murder after turning himself in, McCausland said. He was being held at the Somerset County Jail and won’t appear in court until Tuesday at the earliest, the spokesman said.

Rhonda Reynolds had recently obtained a protection-from-abuse order and had moved with her three children into a house that she was renting from her brother, who lived across the street, McCausland said. Richard Reynolds was the father of the two younger children.

The three children were in the custody of the Maine Department of Health and Human Services while custody was sorted out, McCausland said.