Warning: The video under depicts violence and foul language.
Video of a deadly police capturing at a Newport campground final Friday reveals a person pointing a handgun at police moments earlier than a Penobscot County deputy sheriff shot and killed him.
The abbreviated video, launched late Wednesday by the Maine Legal professional Basic’s workplace, additionally reveals the person doubting that the police who had proven up on the Sebasticook Lake Campground in Newport have been actual officers. The person additionally says within the video that there’s an energetic shooter on the property.
The lawyer common’s workplace launched the video, recorded by a witness, beneath a regulation handed final 12 months that provides the workplace the discretion to make recordings of police shootings public. The Bangor Day by day Information obtained it by means of a public information request.
The recording sheds extra mild on what occurred late final week when 35-year-old Stephen Bossom, 35, was shot and killed on the Newport campground.
“We’re ready for the precise cops to reach,” Bossom mentioned to the officers shortly earlier than he raised a handgun and pointed it at two officers.
Earlier than elevating his gun, Bossom questions why extra officers haven’t responded to the scene for an energetic shooter.
“You wish to shoot me, shoot me,” Bossom mentioned as he raised the gun.
The 45-second video, which was recorded from behind Bossom and a motorhome, doesn’t present the officers or a bullet putting Bossom.
The person who recorded the incident and apparently turned it over to police described Bossom within the video as being in a “standoff” with two cops who had weapons drawn on him.
Bossom was shot and killed by Deputy Kenneth York, the primary officer to reach on the campground, the Newport police and the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Workplace mentioned Friday. Police have been responding to a 911 name a few social media submit stating there was an individual with a weapon on the campground, the businesses mentioned.
The campground’s house owners, Sharon Sheehan and Dan Wilbur, mentioned Saturday that Bossom didn’t consider the officers who arrived have been “actual” police. Sheehan mentioned that Bossom believed a menace had been made in opposition to the campground and he was defending it and the folks staying there when he knowledgeable Sheehan of the obvious submit and urged her to name 911.
Bossom and his spouse had been working on the campground part-time in alternate for a free campsite, the place they’d parked their refurbished Airstream trailer, in keeping with Sheehan. It’s a standard association at campgrounds all through the nation, she mentioned.