Accused gunman killed mother and father, two mates at Maine house simply days after launch from jail

Accused gunman killed mother and father, two mates at Maine house simply days after launch from jail

The man arrested for killing his mother and father and their two mates at a house in Bowdoin, Maine, earlier than opening hearth on random automobiles on a busy freeway had been launched from jail simply days earlier, police mentioned.

Joseph Eaton, 34, had simply accomplished a roughly two-year jail sentence for aggravated assault on Friday forward of the cold-blooded slayings found on Tuesday, Maine State Police Colonel Bill Ross advised reporters at a press convention.

His mom, Cynthia Eaton, picked him up from the Windham Correctional Center and drove him to the house in Bowdoin.

Around 9:21 a.m. on Tuesday, the Sagadahoc County Sheriffs acquired a 911 name from a household buddy who had walked into the house at 1459 Augusta Road and located a dead physique, Ross mentioned.

When officers arrived, a complete of 4 our bodies had been found on the premises.

Three had been discovered contained in the residence: owners Robert Eger, 72 and Patricia Eger, 62 in addition to Eaton’s 62-year-old mom Cynthia.

Eaton’s father, 66-year-old David Eaton, was discovered dead in a barn close to the home.

All 4 died of gunshot wounds, and their deaths have been dominated a murder by the Maine Office of Chief Medical Examiner, Ross advised reporters.

An outdated reserving photograph of Joseph Eaton after he was sentenced to jail in 2018 in Florida for aggravated assault and hid weapons fees.
Florida DOC

It’s unclear if the 4 had been killed on Tuesday morning or if that they had been killed someday earlier.

The scene took a dramatic flip round 10:30 a.m. when police in Yarmouth, Falmouth and Cumberland responded to gunfire on I-295 southbound between mile marker 17 close to the Route 1 underpass — about 25 miles south of Bowdoin, Ross mentioned.

Eaton opened hearth on three southbound automobiles and struck one other car going northbound “as a result of he thought he was being adopted by police,” Ross mentioned.

62-year-old Cynthia Eaton and 66-year-old David Eaton

David and Cynthia Eaton had been each shot and killed by their son Joseph, he confessed to police after his arrest Tuesday.

Three individuals had been struck: Shawn Halsley, 51, Justin Halsey, 29 — who had non-life-threatening accidents — and Paige Halsey, 25, who nonetheless stays in essential situation at Maine Medical Center.

Eaton was positioned in a wooded space round 10:50 a.m. not removed from the taking pictures scene and brought into custody. He was additionally taken to Maine Medical Center the place he acquired therapy earlier than his launch.

Police continued to look the world to substantiate there have been no others concerned.

Robert Eger, 72, Patti Eger, 62,
Robert Eger, 72, and Patti Eger, 62, owned the home in Bowdoin the place Eaton allegedly gunned them down, police mentioned.

“Mr. Eaton was then taken by main crimes detectives and Portland Police officers to the Portland Police Department the place he gave a confession and admitted to killing his mother and father and his mother and father’ mates,” Ross mentioned.

Portland, Maine’s largest metropolis, is about 12 miles south of Yarmouth.

Police didn’t launch a potential motive for the slayings.

Eaton was charged with 4 counts of homicide and was booked on the Two Bridges Regional Jail, the place he remained Wednesday, police mentioned.

Joey Eaton posted a chilling Facebook video the day before the shooting begging for forgiveness.
Joey Eaton posted a chilling Facebook video the day earlier than the taking pictures, begging for forgiveness.
Joey Eaton/Facebook

He is a convicted felon in Maine, Florida and Kansas and was barred from proudly owning firearms, according to WGME.

Police confirmed they recovered weapons on the scenes however it’s unclear who they belonged to.

In a chilling video posted to Facebook on Monday, only a day earlier than the shootings, Eaton, by way of tears, begs for forgiveness, claiming he’s needed to cope with trauma up to now — together with being molested.

“Going to attempt to undergo this, however I’m going to get emotional simply speaking about it, however lots of people trying a [me] like There’s simply one other fuck up, one other man that may’t get his stuff proper…” he mentioned in a Facebook stay publish.

Investigators work at the scene of a deadly shooting, Tuesday,
Police reply to the house in Bowdoin the place Eaton’s mother and father and household mates had been shot and killed.

“They declare to be Christian, however you’ll be able to’t forgive any individual or perceive what they undergo. You can’t give somebody a second probability however you say you’re Christian. Now does that make sense?” he continued, with out saying who precisely he was speaking about.

“Why can’t you attempt to take it gradual, attempt to get the know the individual? What good’s it do to hate any individual? It destroys you. It’s not the best way issues had been speculated to be executed it’s not the best way we had been made,” he says choking up.

“Just have to attempt to forgive me for the issues I did. I’ve been coping with trauma for a very long time on issues I don’t discuss to individuals about — being molested and stuff, it destroys any individual,” he mentioned.

traffic at crime scene in Maine
Three others had been injured, one critically, after Eaton allegedly opened hearth at automobiles on Interstate 295.

Mike Sauschuck, the commissioner of the Maine Department of Public Safety, known as the crimes “an assault on the soul of our state” that shook neighbors, legislation enforcement officers and the state at giant.

“It’s a shock to everyone,” he mentioned. “You wish to naturally say, ‘That can’t be occurring right here in Maine.’ But the truth is these mindless acts can and do occur in every single place.”

Police mentioned this seems to be an remoted incident and stays beneath investigation.

Sagadahoc County Sheriff Joel Merry mentioned that the city of Bowdoin, a tight-knit rural group of about 3,000 individuals, has been left heartbroken.

“Everybody does know everyone else’s enterprise, however in a great way,” he advised reporters, including, “It’s going to take a while to heal.”



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