Man accused of threatening at shelter killed by police

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Police shot and killed a man who was accused of threatening other residents while armed with a knife at a city shelter.

Dustin Paradis, 34, of Augusta, was killed on Wednesday at an emergency housing shelter in the state's capital city, police said. Officers responded to the address at about 6 p.m. after receiving a report of a man with a knife who was threatening residents, police said.

Police officers are trained in deescalation techniques but the situation unfolded quickly after officers arrived to find a man who'd been injured in an altercation and Paradis armed with a knife, Augusta Police Chief Jared Mills told reporters on Thursday.

The two officers who used deadly force, Sgt. Christopher Blodgett and Officer Sabastian Guptill, were place on administrative leave while the shooting is reviewed. That is standard procedure. The attorney general's office will investigate the shooting.

Guptill shot another man during an armed confrontation in 2019, the Kennebec Journal reported. In that case, the armed man who was wanted on domestic violence charges survived.

The latest shooting at the Augusta homeless shelter was the 10th officer-involved shooting in Maine this year, according to Marc Malon, spokesperson for the state attorney general's office.