An Augusta man whose demographic information matches an entry in a missing persons database was shot Tuesday afternoon by police in Barryville, New York, officials said.

A New York state trooper shot Paul Gosselin, 63, during the incident, according to a statement issued Wednesday by the New York State Police.

Barryville is a hamlet in the Sullivan County town of Highland, next to the Delaware River, about 100 miles northwest of New York City.

The New York State Police said that at about 2:15 p.m. Tuesday, troopers responded to state Route 97 in Barryville for a report of a suspicious person inside a vehicle at a business.

The man, later identified as Gosselin, told troopers he had a gun and would shoot them.

Gosselin fled to another business on the same highway, exited his vehicle and then reentered it, according to the state police. According to officials, He began accelerating toward a constable from the nearby town of Lumberland.


A state trooper who saw Gosselin’s vehicle heading toward the constable “discharged rounds at the vehicle,” according to the statement issued by the state police. Gosselin was hit once.

Gosselin was taken to an area hospital, where he was listed Wednesday morning in stable condition, the state police said.

A national law enforcement database listed Paul Gosselin, 63, of Augusta as a missing person, also known as a “File 6,” Staff Sgt. Eric Lloyd of the Augusta Police Department wrote in an email on Wednesday.

The Augusta Police Department listed Gosselin as a “File 6,” according to Lloyd.

A person can be listed in the database as missing if he or she meets one of several criteria, according to information provided by Lloyd. The criteria include having a disability, being in danger, disappearing involuntarily, as in a kidnapping, being a juvenile, or going missing after a catastrophe.

Lloyd said he did not have further identifying information about Gosselin.

The investigation into the police-involved shooting is ongoing, according to the New York State Police.

Those with information about the incident are asked to call the New York State Police at 845-344-5300.

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