2016-09-27 / Front Page

Police continue investigation in Biddeford shooting death

Neighbors worry fatality may be drug-related
By ALAN BENNETT
Staff Writer


Crime scene detectives investigate the shooting death of 30-year-old Jonathan Methot at a duplex at 68-70 West Cutts St. around noon Monday. Methot was killed just after 1 a.m. Monday at the duplex, where police say he resided. 
ALAN BENNETT/Journal Trib une Crime scene detectives investigate the shooting death of 30-year-old Jonathan Methot at a duplex at 68-70 West Cutts St. around noon Monday. Methot was killed just after 1 a.m. Monday at the duplex, where police say he resided. ALAN BENNETT/Journal Trib une BIDDEFORD — State police continue to investigate the shooting death of a man in Biddeford that occurred at a duplex just outside the downtown early Monday morning.

Jonathan Methot, 30, was killed just after 1 a.m. in a shooting at 68-70 West Cutts St., said Steve McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety.

McCausland said today the death is being investigated as a homicide. He said the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency has been in contact with Maine State Police regarding the death, and the two agencies are investigating whether the shooting may be drug-related.

Police are continuing to interview people of interest, and most neighbors weren’t aware of the shooting until later in the day Monday.

The duplex is located at the end of West Cutts Street, a dead-end road just north of the city’s downtown district. The small street is separated from Cutts Street by railroad tracks, and is parallel to the northern portion of Main Street.


Methot Methot The road was blocked to traffic as of noon Monday, and crime scene detectives remained at the house as caution tape blocked off a section of the road nearest the railroad tracks.

McCausland said Methot was a resident of the duplex, and that the Office of the State Medical Examiner and the Attorney General’s office have been notified of his death.

Methot was listed as a resident of 68 West Cutts St. as of Aug. 23, according to state records, and has a criminal history dating back to 2005, when he was arrested for furnishing liquor to a minor.

In 2006, Methot was charged with felony unlawful trafficking of scheduled drugs, a Class B crime, and Class D unlawful possession of scheduled drugs. Those charges were dismissed by the District Attorney and the Attorney General, but Methot was sentenced to 180 days' incarceration for unlawful furnishing of scheduled drugs.

He only spent 30 of those days behind bars.

In July 2012, Methot was found guilty on charges of domestic violence assault, and was sentenced to one-year administrative release. In 2013, he was fined $500 for violating conditions of release following a misdemeanor theft.

In March of this year, he was fined $700 for operating under the influence and $400 for unlawful posession of scheduled drugs relating to an incident in May 2015. 

McCausland said police aren't identifying any suspects in connection with the shooting, but did say they believe a number of people were either present during the shooting or were in the immediate vicinity.

Police were looking for a couple of people “to get their side of the story,” he said.

A man staying with a neighbor across the street, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Monday he believed several people lived at the duplex, and that others saw two suspects flee across the tracks following the shooting.

He also said a man had returned to the area after 10 a.m. Monday, and was taken into custody.

McCausland, however, said no arrests have been made so far in the case, although he said police are questioning a number of people who may have been involved.

Several residents of the area said Monday they didn’t hear any gunshots at the time the shooting occurred, and only found out about the incident from media reports later in the day.

The shooting has raised concerns among some neighbors, who say they are worried about criminal activity in their neighborhood. Some said other shootings have occurred there in recent years.

“It freaks me out,” said Tracy Matzen, 79 West Cutts St. “I have my grandchildren on the weekends. Usually, this is a quiet neighborhood.”

Other residents brought up concerns about drug-related activity in the neighborhood, speculating that the incident may be drug-related.

“I see drug deals go down right in front of my house, and I hope the police are taking it seriously,” said Maureen Thibeault, who lives at 19 Harvey St., just around the corner from the duplex.

“Our neighborhood’s usually quiet. We all kind of watch out for each other,” said Angel Roberts, 2 Banks Lane. “If that’s drug-related, I’m going to put my house up for sale.”

McCausland could not say as of this morning whether drugs were involved in Methot's death, only saying, "We are looking into that."

Requests for comment from Methot’s family were not returned.

— Staff Writer Alan Bennett can be contacted at 282-1535, ext. 329 or abennett@journaltribune.com.

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