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Man arrested for shooting officer upon release from hospital

January 1, 2020 GMT

WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) — A man accused of shooting a police officer before leading officers from several agencies on a high-speed chase and getting shot himself was charged Wednesday with aggravated attempted murder, officials said.

Richard Murray-Burns, 29, of Harmony, was arrested upon his release from Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, where he was treated for gunshot wounds, said Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety.

Murray-Burns was transported Wednesday to the Somerset County Jail and will likely make an initial court appearance on Thursday or Friday. It was not immediately known if he had an attorney.

Injured Waterville police officer Timothy Hinton was “recovering well” at home, Deputy Police Chief Bill Bonney told the Morning Sentinel.

Hinton, who was responding to a report of a shoplifter at Walmart, was shot in both arms on Dec. 22 in his cruiser after he stopped a vehicle on Main Street, police said.

Murray-Burns, 29, of Harmony, proceeded to lead police on a chase through several towns before he was shot multiple times by officers from several law enforcement agencies in Canaan, McCausland said.

Seven different officers fired at Murray-Burns, who was armed with an assault-style weapon; all seven are on administrative leave, which is standard procedure when deadly force is used, officials said.

Bonney said the case illustrates the danger law enforcement officials face every day. “I think that it goes to show that nothing is routine for us,” he said. “We don’t know what is on the other side of that traffic stop.”