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Judge sets bail at $1M for man who shot Maine police officer

January 2, 2020 GMT
This undated booking photo released by the Somerset County Jail, in Skowhegan, Maine, shows Richard Murray-Burns, 29, of Hartland, Maine. A judge on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, set bail at $1 million for Murray-Burns, accused of shooting a police officer and then leading police on a wild chase in which more shots were fired in central Maine. (Somerset County Jail via AP)
This undated booking photo released by the Somerset County Jail, in Skowhegan, Maine, shows Richard Murray-Burns, 29, of Hartland, Maine. A judge on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, set bail at $1 million for Murray-Burns, accused of shooting a police officer and then leading police on a wild chase in which more shots were fired in central Maine. (Somerset County Jail via AP)

SKOWHEGAN, Maine (AP) — A judge on Thursday set bail at $1 million for a man accused of shooting a police officer and then leading police on a wild chase in which more shots were fired in central Maine.

Richard Murray-Burns, 29, was returned to the Somerset County Jail after making his initial court appearance on a charge of aggravated attempted murder. Defense attorney Pam Ames said he wasn’t required to enter a plea.

Murray-Burns was arrested Wednesday upon his release from a hospital where he was treated for gunshot wounds. More charges are expected.

The chain of events started with a shoplifting report and a traffic stop in which Waterville police officer Timothy Hinton was shot in both arms on Dec. 22 just across the town line in Fairfield.

That led to a high-speed chase through several towns that ended with Murray-Burnes being shot by police officers in Canaan.

Police said Hinton was armed with an assault-style weapon, and several police cruisers were disabled by gunfire. All told, seven officers from various agencies discharged their guns, officials said.

Police originally said Murray-Burns was from Harmony. But he was actually staying at a family camp in Hartland, Ames said.

Ames said Thursday that she couldn’t comment on details of the crime. A police affidavit containing some details was impounded at the request of prosecutors, she said.