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Fort Kent shooting death remains under investigation

FORT KENT, Maine — Police have yet to charge anyone in the November shooting death of a Fort Kent man and the case remains under investigation.

Daren Charette, 49, died from a single gunshot wound in his basement apartment at 485 West Main Street on the Sunday after Thanksgiving.

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 then. “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 to provide any further information about the individual, including about gender or relationship to the victim.

Gardner said that police planned to investigate the shooting in a coordinated effort with the state attorney general’s office and that once the investigation was complete, a decision would be made as to whether charges would be filed.

As of Tuesday, Feb. 12, the investigation into Charette’s death remained open, according to a representative of the attorney general’s office. The representative said it is the policy of the attorney general’s office not to discuss details of cases while they are still under investigation.

Gardner did not return several phone calls seeking comment on the progress of the investigation.

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