2017-05-31 / Front Page

Investigation continues in Arundel death

Two sheriff deputies were involved in the fatal shooting
Staff Writer

ARUNDEL — The two officers involved in Monday’s fatal shooting of an Arundel man have been placed on paid administrative leave, police officials said Tuesday.
Sgt. Steven Thistlewood and Dep. Heath Mains have been placed on leave as part of standard procedure for officer-involved shootingsafter fatally shooting Chad Dionne, 37, at his home in Arundel on Monday, York County Sheriff Bill King said by phone on Tuesday.
The sheriff’s office and the Office of the Attorney General continue to investigate the incident.
According to a release issued by King on Monday, Thistlewood and Mains were called to Dionne’s home at 267 Old Alfred Road around 2:15 a.m. Monday for what police only described as a “domestic disturbance.”
During the ensuing call, Dionne confronted officers with a firearm, King said, after which he was shot and mortally wounded.
Other residents living in the area said they could hear the shots ring out at the time. Police blocked off the area of Old Alfred Road and Route 111 for some time while they investigated the scene.
King did not go into detail about the supposed domestic disturbance.
He said Thistlewood is an 18-year veteran of the sheriff's office and Mains has been with the sheriff's office for about 2 1/2 years.
The AG’s office is also conducting an investigation, which is standard procedure for officer-involved shootings.
Tim Feeley, spokesman for the AG’s office, declined to comment on the investigation on Tuesday when asked if Dionne had a criminal history, or if either officer involved has a history of using deadly force.
“These questions will be part of the ongoing investigation and we will not comment during the pendency of an investigation,” Feeley said.
Dionne, who was apparently the owner of Dionne’s Auto Service in Biddeford, was remembered on Facebook as an “awesome guy and a jokester” by users of the website. He was also married with a son, friends of the man said.
— Staff Writer Alan Bennett can be contacted at 282-1535, ext. 329 or abennett@journaltribune.com.

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