The man shot by a State Police Sergeant in Oakfield Friday morning was wanted on several warrants, according to Lt. Col. John E. Cote, deputy chief of the State Police.
John Corneil, 54, of Smyrna, was initially treated at a Houlton hospital for gunshot wounds, and later underwent surgery at a Bangor hospital, where he continues to be treated.
The shooting occurred during an armed confrontation when troopers attempted to arrest Corneil on warrants charging him with assault, criminal threatening, terrorizing, and reckless conduct related to an incident earlier in the week in Smyrna. According to Cote, Corneil challenged troopers outside a convenience store with a handgun. The weapon was later determined to be a pellet gun that resembled a Beretta 9mm semi-automatic pistol. The incident was witnessed by several patrons of the store.
As in any incident involving the use of deadly force by a law enforcement officer, the Attorney General’s Office is investigating and the trooper, Sgt. Chad Fuller, is on paid administrative leave while the incident is reviewed.