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UPDATE: Suspect Dead in Officer Involved Shooting

Published: Jun. 5, 2022 at 10:14 PM EDT
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UPDATE: As of 10:25 am 07 June 2022

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine (WAGM) -

According to the Presque Isle Police Department the events that ultimately led to the death of 25 year old Jacob Poitraw started Saturday evening.

Saturday evening two citizens reported that someone had threatened them with an assault rifle following a road rage incident According to The Presque Isle police department. That individual was identified as 25 year old Jacob Poitraw of Presque Isle.

Initial attempts to locate Poitraw were unsuccessful according to PIPD and other law enforcement agencies were alerted that Poitraw was wanted on charges of criminal threatening with a firearm, unlawful possession of a firearm by a prohibited person and aggravated reckless conduct with a firearm.

Presque Isle Police stated Poitraw contacted them and allegedly refused to cooperate or turn himself in. They say he allegedly issued threats against law enforcement.

Sunday evening, Sgt. Tyler Cote of PIPD spotted Poitraw driving and attempted to stop his vehicle. Poitraw allegedly refused to stop and led Sgt. Cote on a pursuit through Presque Isle. Police say he then allegedly rammed Sgt. Cote’s cruiser several times.

The pursuit ended at Main and Davis Streets in Presque Isle when police say Poitraw again allegedly rammed and disabled Sgt. Cote’s cruiser, ultimately leading to Sgt. Cote shooting Poitraw.

WAGM spoke with a local business owner who says he saw the events Sunday evening first hand.

“Yes I did, I seen the whole thing... I got here around 7:20 to 7:30 pm last night and when I walked up they had all these streets blocked off and everything”

Chad Junkins, the Owner of Here we Grow in Presque Isle says that he started filming out of curiosity. When he arrived, he says the suspect, Jacob Poitraw, had already allegedly crashed into the police car and the area was surrounded by cops.

“There was a red Nissan pickup and there was a cop car and they were like crunched together. there was about 20 cops here and a game warden and they were out front of freshies and they were surrounding this whole building on 11 Davis Street”

Junkins says from what he saw, cops were communicating with Poitraw for about an hour.

“It was within an hour to two hours that this all happened. I think I heard at least three gunshots yeah.”

Poitraw later died at a local hospital according to the police.

SGT. Cote is on Paid Administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation from the Presque Isle Police Department and Maine Attorney Generals Office.

WAGM Reached out to the Attorney Generals office who said they have “no further comment”

WAGM also reached out to the Presque Isle Police Department. We still have not heard back.

UPDATE: As of 10:15 am 06 June 2022

According to an Updated Press Release from the Presque Isle Police Department. On June 4th 2022, two citizens reported to the Presque Isle Police Department that Jacob Poitraw, 25, of Presque Isle allegedly threatened them with an assault rifle after a road rage incident. Officers attempted to locate Poitraw but were unsuccessful.

Poitraw was wanted on charges of Criminal Threatening of a Firearm, Unlawful possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, and aggravated reckless conduct with a firearm.

Poitraw called the Presque Isle Police Department after apparently learning of the charges and refused to cooperate or turn himself in, and issued threats against law enforcement.

On June 5th 2022 Sergeant Tyler Cote of the Presque Isle Police Department spotted Poitraw driving and attempted to stop his vehicle. Poitraw allegedly refused to stop and led SGT. Cote on a pursuit through Presque Isle and rammed SGT Cote’s cruiser several times. The pursuit ended at Main and Davis Streets in Presque Isle when Poitraw rammed and disabled SGT Cote’s cruiser. SGT Cote shot Poitraw and Poitraw later died at a local hospital.

The press release went on to say that SGT Cote is on administrative paid leave while the Attorney General’s Office and the Presque Isle Police Department investigate the incident and no further information will be released pending the completion of the investigation.

WAGM Reached out to the Maine Attorney Generals office who said they have " No further Comment”

We will continue to follow this story and will update as more information becomes available.

UPDATE: As of 7:00 AM 06 June 2022 :

According to a Press Release from the Presque Isle Police Department, on June 5th at approximately 7:15pm Presque Isle Police Department Sergeant Tyler Cote was involved in an officer involved shooting of a 25-year-old Presque Isle Man. The suspect was critically injured. Sergeant Cote is on Administrative Paid leave while the Attorney Generals Office investigates.

WAGM reached out to the Maine Attorney Generals Office who did not Immediately return our request for comment.

We will continue to follow this story and will update as more information becomes available.

Areas of Main Street in Presque Isle were closed overnight due to a police investigation of an officer involved shooting.

According to a Presque Isle Police Department Facebook post from earlier on Sunday, they were attempting to locate 25-year-old Jacob Poitraw of Presque isle for questioning about an alleged incident involving a firearm.

Around 9:00pm police responded to an area of Main Street between Rice and Davis Street .Police confirmed this is related to the firearms incident posted earlier in the day.

Police also confirmed there is no current active threat to the public. They say the area will be closed for the rest of the night.

Police expect more information to be released on Monday.

WAGM will continue to follow this story and will update as more information becomes available.

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