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Derek J Sam, 29
Presque Isle, Maine
May 10, 2016

Agencies: Presque Isle Police Department Maine | Attorney General's Office Maine

Last updated: 8 months ago

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According to the Presque Isle Police Department, officers responded to multiple calls Saturday around 6 p.m. for a person who was reported to be acting suspiciously.

One of those calls allegedly indicated that the individual, later identified as Sam, had a knife and was near the McDonald's restaurant on Main Street.

The caller also indicated the man with the knife appeared to be bleeding.

Officer Lucas Hafford made contact with Sam in a parking lot, police said, and an armed confrontation ensued.

After Sam allegedly failed to comply with Hafford's instructions to drop the knife, Hafford deployed his Taser, which police said was ineffective.

Police said Sam, still armed with the knife, continued to aggressively approach Hafford, who eventually shot and wounded Sam.

Sam was taken to Aroostook Medical Center and then flown by helicopter to Eastern Maine Medical Center.

The Maine Attorney General's Office is investigating the officer-involved shooting.