Police shoot Lamoine man following manhunt

7:11 PM, Oct 23, 2012   |    comments
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Leon Tilden

LAMOINE, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - The search for a Lamoine man is now over. State Police confirm Leon Tilden has died after being shot by police following Tilden's alleged murder of his father and uncle.

In a press conference this afternoon, police say Leon Tilden was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center where he died. Investigators say he killed Robert Tilden and Russell Pinkham.  Both men were in their 50's and died inside Robert Tilden's home on Bobolink Lane in Lamoine. 

At this time, police cannot comment on any motive in the murders.  Both the Tildens and Pinkhams lived in two separate homes on Bobolink Lane.

Authorities say Tilden's mother called 911 after the shooting. Authorities were concerned for public safety as the suspect was armed. A tactical team and K9 units were called in by the Maine State Police to search the area around the house. Assistance was also provided by the Hancock County Sheriffs Department, the Maine Warden Service, the Ellsworth Police Department and the Maine Marine Patrol.

Investigators say the tactical team located Tilden shortly after 10 a.m. He was shot by Detective Randall Keaton of the Maine State Police.

The state police are continuing their investigation into the murders. Mud Creek Road, which leads to Bobolink Lane, will remain closed to traffic for the time being.

"We're thankful that the public is safe...the officers involved are safe and our hearts go out to the surviving members of this family," said Lt. Col. Raymond Bessette who is with the Maine State Police.

The Maine Attorney General's office will conduct an investigation to determine whether lethal force was necessary in the death of Leon Tilden.

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