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Investigation into Fort Kent shooting death continues

FORT KENT, Maine — Nearly four months after a 49-year-old man died from a single gunshot wound in his Fort Kent apartment, no charges have been filed in the death and the case remains under investigation.

The investigation into the shooting death of Daren Charette, which police ruled a homicide, is still ongoing, according to Marc Malone, a spokesperson for the Maine Attorney General.

“It would be inappropriate to comment further,” Malone said on Friday, March 15, citing the open investigation.

Charette died in his basement apartment at 485 West Main Street on the Sunday after Thanksgiving, Nov. 25.

On Monday, Nov. 26,  Lt. Troy Gardner of the Maine State Police major crimes unit held a press conference at the Fort Kent town office where he announced that police were investigating Charette’s death as a homicide.

“Based on the information we have at this point we believe that no more than one other person was involved in the shooting,” Gardner said in November. “We have talked to that person. We do not believe that there is an ongoing threat to the public at this time.”

Gardner declined to name that person or provide any further information about the individual, including about gender or relationship to the victim.

The lieutenant has not responded to multiple requests for comment since November, but said then that once the investigation is completed, the state attorney general’s office would be involved in determining whether charges would be filed.

Fiddlehead Focus will continue to monitor this story and share any new information with the public as it becomes available.

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