Officer kills gunman on Center Street, Auburn police say

Auburn City employees are helping police secure a Monday morning shooting scene along Center Street in Auburn. Andree Kehn / Journal of the Sun

AUBURN – A police officer gunned down a Bucksport man on Monday morning near the Value Inn on Center St., Auburn Police Chief Jason Moen said at a press conference Monday afternoon.

Moen said that around 10 a.m., police were informed that a woman was being held against her will at the hostel at 170 Center Street. According to Moen, the police had to force their way into the room and discovered the occupants had fled through the window.

Sgt. Steven Gosselin met a man police later identified as Joseph Arbor, 36, of Bucksport, in the hostel parking lot. After attempting to speak with Arbor, an “armed confrontation” occurred after a short foot chase, Moen said.

Gosselin fired three shots at Arbor, who died at the scene.

The attorney general’s office is investigating the incident and the police department opens its own investigation.

Gosselin, a 24-year veteran of the ministry, was placed on paid administrative leave during the investigation.

Auburn Police gathered outside 181 Center Street near the scene of a shooting Monday morning. Andree Kehn / Journal of the Sun

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