Violent Morning in Dover-Foxcroft Leaves Two Sangerville Men Dead
Two men from Sangerville were shot and killed in Dover-Foxcroft on Tuesday. One was shot by a state trooper after a standoff at the county fairgrounds.It began when police received word of a shooting outside Hilltop Manor nursing home around 9:30 AM.”Multiple police agencies responded as a result of those calls. A victim, Udo Schneider, 53 years of age of Sangerville, died as a result of that shooting,” said Lt. Col. Raymond Bessette of the Maine State Police.The CEO of Davis Long Term Care, which runs Hilltop Manor, says Schneider was a longtime employee.”We all knew him well and loved him. He was a dedicated worker, never a complaint from this individual, a wonderful human being,” said CEO Chad Cloutier.Police say the shooter knew Schneider and they had a mutual acquaintance.”A suspect, Michael Curtis, 46 years of age also of Sangerville, was identified as the shooter in this incident,” said Bessette.Witnesses say Curtis walked up to Schneider and confirmed his identity before shooting him multiple times.State Police say Curtis, who was a dispatcher with the Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Department, took off in a pick-up truck after shooting Schneider and headed for the fairgrounds. That’s where police met up with him.”Curtis was subsequently located at the county fairgrounds where a standoff occurred between Curtis and police. Curtis was subsequently shot and killed by Maine State Trooper Jon Brown, who is a four year veteran of the Maine State Police,” said Bessette.Both Schneider and Curtis were later pronounced dead at nearby Mayo Regional Hospital.As is protocol, Trooper Brown has been placed on administrative leave and the attorney general’s office is investigating the shooting.Meantime, grief counseling is being offered to residents and staff at Hilltop Manor.”They do know that somebody they thought of as family has passed so that is as traumatic as it you lost a loved one,” said Cloutier.The loss of loved one is what two families are facing as the investigation continues.