July 4, 2013

Man who shot three in Calais was out on bail

Daniel Pinney, who police shot and killed, had been arrested on a domestic violence charge.

By Scott Dolan sdolan@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

The Calais man killed in a shootout with police Wednesday night had been out on bail on a domestic violence charge for threatening the woman he shot multiple times moments earlier, leaving her critically wounded, officials said.

Maine State Police said Thursday that Daniel Pinney also shot his six-week-old infant son and a Calais police officer.

As a condition of his release on bail, Pinney, 26, had been ordered to have no contact with Megan Sherrard, the 21-year-old mother of the baby boy, state police spokesman Steve McCausland said in a news release.

Sherrard was listed in critical condition Wednesday night at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, where she was being treated for multiple gunshot wounds. An update to her condition was not available Thursday afternoon.

Police initially believed the baby, Luca Sherrard, was grazed by a bullet, but his injury turned out to be more serious, McCausland said. The baby was treated at Calais Regional Hospital for a gunshot wound to the foot, he said.

Calais police Officer John Preston was grazed by a bullet and is expected to make a full recovery.

Police said Pinney had shot Sherrard and the baby when officers arrived at Pinney's home on Main Street around 6 p.m. Wednesday. They exchanged gunfire and killed him just as Sherrard was fleeing the home with their son.

Preston and Calais police Officer Joseph Bartlett both shot Pinney, McCausland said. Police did not say whether Pinney fired on them first.

Investigators said Sherrard and the baby had a doctor's appointment earlier in the day, but they never showed up. Sherrard's father found her car in the parking lot of the doctor's office and contacted Calais police out of concern for her safety, McCausland said.

Police said they concluded afterward that Pinney had confronted Sherrard in the parking lot and forced her to go to his home.

Pinney had been arrested by Calais police May 18 on a domestic violence charge of criminally threatening Sherrard. In addition, Sherrard filed for an order of protection against Pinney on June 11, McCausland said.

Brian MacMaster, head of investigations at the Maine Attorney General's Office, said he sent a team to Calais on Wednesday night to investigate whether the police shooting was justified, standard practice when police use deadly force.

MacMaster said the investigation could take several weeks because his team is examining three other cases in which police used deadly force.

The state Medical Examiner's Office plans to do an autopsy Friday on Pinney.

Scott Dolan can be contacted at 791-6304 or at:

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