The Maine Attorney General’s office is investigating a deadly officer-involved shooting in Arundel on Memorial Day.
According to the York County Sheriff’s Department, two deputies shot 37-year-old Chad Dionne at his home on Old Alfred Road around 2:15 a.m. following reports of a "domestic disturbance." Sheriff William King said the deputies had an "armed encounter" with Dionne.
Deputies Steven Thistlewood and Heath Mains are on leave from the department, as the AG’s office investigates the use of deadly force.
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"It totally shocks me," said Joe Troegner, Dionne’s friend and former employer.
Troegner owns an auto body shop in Biddeford, and said Dionne was his mechanic for nine years. He recently left that business to open his own auto service down the road, which is now closed. It is not clear if Dionne’s Auto Service will open again.
"This situation I feel could have been avoided," said Troegner. "I just don’t know what was going through his head."
Dionne had a wife and 5-year-old son. Friends have started a Go Fund Me page to support them, because they do not have insurance.
"Unfortunately for the family, Memorial Day is going to be something to remember all the time," said Troegner. "It’s sad. So sad."