2016-10-10 / Front Page

Police investigating fatality in Biddeford parking lot

ALAN BENNETT
Staff Writer

Officers with State and Biddeford Police investigate the death of a 30-year-old Biddeford man in a parking lot on Route 111 in Biddeford on Monday. As of Monday evening, police said they believe the man was struck and killed by a pickup truck following an altercation in the parking lot. Officers with State and Biddeford Police investigate the death of a 30-year-old Biddeford man in a parking lot on Route 111 in Biddeford on Monday. As of Monday evening, police said they believe the man was struck and killed by a pickup truck following an altercation in the parking lot.

BIDDEFORD — Maine State Police have identified the victim they say was killed by a pickup truck in the parking lot of Play It Again Sports in Biddeford just before 2 p.m. today.


According to local news station WCSH-6, the victim is 30-year-old Matthew Perry of Biddeford. 


State police told the television station they believe an altercation occurred in the parking lot just before 2 p.m., after which the victim was struck by a dark, four-door pickup truck they say was carrying construction equipment. 


Deputy police Chief JoAnne Fisk did not confirm whether the man’s death was due to a motor vehicle accident, but said Biddeford police was in the process of investigating a fatality in the parking lot, which is shared among businesses Play It Again Sports, Gentle Dental and Biddeford Savings Bank. 


Investigators with the BPD’s Street Crimes unit were investigating the scene as of 5 p.m. Monday. The victim lay shirtless on the pavement, wearing a neck brace. 


Two employees of Play it Again Sports said at about 3 p.m. they heard a loud noise and went outside to find the man’s body laying in the parking lot. 


One employee, who only wished to be identified as Tom, said he was walking inside by the store’s doorway when he heard what sounded like a car speeding in the parking lot. 


When he went outside to check, Tom said, the man’s body lay bloodied on the pavement. 


The other employee, who declined to give his name, said the police had confiscated footage from the store’s security camera. 


The two employees said the security footage – taken from inside the store but facing the parking lot appeared to show a a black or other dark color SUV rushing past the screen before the two went outside. 


State police told WCSH-6 they couldn’t say exactly how the man died, but that the man’s body would be transported to the State Medical Examiner’s office in Augusta for an autopsy. 


The death is not being investigated as a homicide. 


Police are now searching for a dark-colored four-door pickup truck possibly carrying construction equipment. They say the truck may be a GMC or Chevy make, and had some kind of toolbox in the back and was possibly carrying lumber or PVC pipe. 


No description of the driver was given.


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

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