Maine State Police Provide Update on I-295 Shooting, 4 People Killed in Bowdoin
Tragedy struck Maine on Tuesday, April 18, when four people were found dead in Bowdoin and later three people were shot on I-295 near Yarmouth.
Maine State Police held a press conference on Wednesday afternoon, April 19, to provide an update on what happened and fill in some blanks regarding the horrific situation.
Here are some of the key takeaways.
Maine Murder Suspect Joseph Eaton
Police revealed the other day that they had arrested 34-year-old Joseph Eaton of Bowdoin but elaborated on Wednesday that he was captured in a wooded area near Exit 15 southbound around 10:50 a.m. Tuesday.
While police said he is being charged with four counts of murder and being held without bail, they noted that he also confessed to the four murders in Bowdoin. He also allegedly said that he believed the vehicles he shot on I-295 were police vehicles following him.
Charges in connection with the I-295 are pending at this time.
Police also said that Eaton was released from Windham Correctional Facility only a few days before the murders, on April 14, after serving a sentence for aggravated assault. His mother, Cynthia Eaton, "met him at the prison and brought him to Bowdoin to stay with family friends Patricia and Robert Eger," according to police.
Maine Police Identify the 4 People Killed in Bowdoin
Police revealed that Robert Eger, 72, and his wife, Patricia Eger, 62, and David Eaton, 66, and his wife, Cynthia Eaton, 62, were murdered at the Bowdoin residence of the Egers at 1459 Augusta Road.
David and Cynthia Eaton are the parents of Joseph Eaton, who is charged with murdering them and the Egers.
The chief medical examiner’s office "determined all four died of gun-shot wounds and all were ruled as homicides," according to police.
Maine Police Identify the 3 People Shot on I-295 Near Yarmouth
Maine State Police also revealed Wednesday that the three people who suffered gunshot wounds on I-295 were Sean Halsey, 51, and his two kids, Justin Halsey, 29, and Paige Halsey, 25, who are from Bowdoinham.
Paige Halsey was still listed in critical condition as of the 3 p.m. Wednesday news conference.
Sean and Justin Halsey's injuries were thankfully considered not life-threatening.
Bowdoin Murders, I-295 Shooting Cases Still Under Investigation
Police also noted repeatedly during the press conference that despite Eaton being captured and allegedly confessing to the murders, the cases are still under investigation.
Eaton will make his first court appearance in person Thursday, April 20 at 10:30 am at the District Court in West Bath.
Eaton is currently in Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset.
Police said that If anyone has information to call the Augusta Regional Communications Center at (207) 624-7076, option number 9.