Community Mourning After Old Town Tragedy

Updated 1 year ago

Police say a man called them Wednesday night and said he stabbed his girlfriend at their Main Street apartment.

Police say when they got there, Christopher Ouelette wouldn’t let two children, ages 2 and 4, out of the apartment.

Eventually, police were able to get the kids out safely.

Dennis Stoup owns the Daybreak Bakery next door.

“They surrounded the building and started evacuating the tenants. And, then, I didn’t know exactly what was going on inside, if anything, but then I saw some of the police take their weapons out and go to the back of the building and pointing it towards the third floor, or so, towards the windows,” said Stoup.

After almost 45 minutes on scene, a state trooper shot at Ouellette.

“One fired a shot up towards the window. And, uh, one of them climbed up the ladder, then went up the fire escape, then went in the window, and, uh, to apprehend the fellow that was creating the situation. Then I heard three or four more shots, there, so, inside,” said Stoup.

Police say when they got into the apartment, both Oullette and April Haskell were dead.

Stoup says the two just recently moved in with their kids.

“No signs of anything, like a average couple coming in to get some stuff,” said Stoup.

Emily Wells is a close family friend. She sent us this response via Facebook.

“She’s a really easy person to get along with. If you met her, you’d just fall in love with her personality. She probably had the biggest heart of anyone I’ve ever met in my life and she welcomed me into her home. April, she was a sweetheart, she had a good heart, she was a good woman, she was a good mother, she was a good friend. I know we have a new angel in the sky and he can’t hold her down anymore. She didn’t deserve it, and I hope that everyone knows and will find out how much of a good person she is.”

Wells also told us that haskell was seven months pregnant.

The Attorney General’s Office is investigating the officer-related shooting.

The medical examiners office is conducting autopsies.

Many locals are having a hard time dealing with tragedy in the town.
“I think it’s very scary. Very scary. I just want to keep my kids home, you know. But, I mean, Old Town is a good place, it just, I don’t know. I don’t know what’s happening,” said Billie Katch, who works in Old Town.

“Tragic year for Old Town,” said Stoup.

Spruce Run in Bangor wants family, friends, and anyone in the community to know that staff members are available any time for support.

You can reach them 24 hours a day at 1-800-863-9909.

Detectives learned that April Haskell and Christopher Ouellette had been a couple for about six years, and were the parents of the two children released by Ouellette.

Haskell was also believed to be pregnant with the couple’s third child.

The state medical examiner’s office said Ouellette died of a single gunshot wound to the head. ┬áThe autopsy on Haskell is scheduled for Friday.


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