3/21/2014 1:46:00 PM Apparent Shotgun Blast Injures Bristol Man
A Maine State Police Bomb Team vehicle leaves a residence on Carl Bailey Road in Bristol, Friday, March 21, 2014. The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office is investigating an apparent accidental, self-inflicted gunshot wound that hospitalized a Bristol man March 20. (J.W. Oliver photo)
The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office is investigating an apparent accidental, self-inflicted gunshot wound that hospitalized a Bristol man March 20.
James T. "B.J." Fitzpatrick, 63, of Carl Bailey Road, remains at the Miles campus of LincolnHealth with injuries to his left hand and leg. He is in stable condition, hospital spokesman Alan Crowell said.
The injury "appears to be an accidental, self-inflicted gunshot wound" from a shotgun, Lincoln County Sheriff's Office Lt. Michael Murphy said March 25.
The blast at Fitzpatrick's home was initially reported as an explosion of unknown origin, prompting the Maine State Police Bomb Team to respond to the scene.
The next day, Detective Robert McFetridge said the sheriff's office was conducting a criminal investigation into the incident.
"We're trying to determine exactly what it was" that caused the explosion, McFetridge said at the time.
Fitzpatrick could face "any number of charges, depending on what we find," McFetridge said. "If it's a homemade explosive device, it would be a felony charge for possession of such a device, if we found something like that."
Murphy did not rule out the possibility of criminal charges. "I'm not sure if it's going to go criminal or not," Murphy said. The district attorney's office will review the investigation and determine whether to file charges.
Lincoln County dispatch received a 911 call at approximately 7:45 p.m. March 20 reporting the explosion and injury to Fitzpatrick. He was later transported to Miles by ambulance.
The bomb team "came down to make sure there were no explosive devices or anything in the house," McFetridge said. "The house has been rendered safe."
The Bristol Fire Department, the Central Lincoln County Ambulance Service, the Damariscotta Police Department, the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, the Maine State Fire Marshal's Office and the Maine State Police Bomb Team responded to the scene.