Cop Shot In Both Arms Pursues His Would-Be Killer Until Backup Can Take Him Down

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A judge ordered Richard Murray-Burns held on $1 million cash bail for shooting Waterville Police Officer Timothy Hinton.

Skowhegan, ME – A judge set bail at $1 million on Thursday for the 29-year-old man accused of shooting Waterville Police Officer Timothy Hinton in both arms during a traffic stop a few days before Christmas.

The incident occurred on Dec. 22 after Officer Hinton stopped the suspect’s vehicle as he was responding to a shoplifting call at Walmart, WGME reported.

Police said that Richard Murray-Burns had an “assault-style” weapon in his car and opened fire on Officer Hinton in his police vehicle.

Officer Hinton was shot in both arms, WGME reported.

The gunman fled the scene and the wounded officer pursued him until other police units arrived to take up the chase.

Officer Hinton was transported to the hospital where he was treated and released the next day.

Police pursued Murray-Burns through two counties and the chase ended with a shootout in Canaan, according to WGME.

Officials said that eight officers opened fire on Murray-Burns.

The suspect was transported to Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor for treatment, WGME reported.

Murray-Burns was arrested on New Year’s Day, when he was released from the hospital, and charged with aggravated attempted murder.

He made his first court appearance on Jan. 2 and was ordered held on $1 million cash bail at the Somerset County Jail, WABI reported.

Waterville Police Chief Joe Massey said it was a “good day for the good guys” and called Officer Hinton’s actions heroic.

“I got to commend the officer,” Chief Massey said. “It was just heroic on his part to want to continue the chase after being shot. We counted a minimum of 15 bullet holes in our cruiser.”

The Maine Attorney General’s Office is investigating the incident and all of the officers involved in the shooting have been place on paid leave, as is protocol for all officer-involved shootings, WGME reported.

Comments (28)
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Hannibal
Hannibal

What an absolute badass! Thank you for your service!

Micheal Sullivan
Micheal Sullivan

Had it been me behind the wheel, I probably would have got lost on the way to the Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center for at least...as long as it took.

Pro2A
Pro2A

Mainers are tough. Officer Hinton, great cop.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

white.

RetiredCorrections
RetiredCorrections

Dedication to the job, determination to finish the job he started, and just like HCD pointed out ....

bryantrent
bryantrent

Good Job officer

rvigneault
rvigneault

they dont play up there

Flameeater
Flameeater

Thank God this officer was not from Atlanta. After being wounded twice he would have been required by directive to terminate the chase so the offender would have another day opportunity to shoot a different officer.

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

I hope they put this piece of s••t under the jail!! Too bad he wasn't killed during the shootout! It would have saved the tax payers some money!! Glad the officer was able to stay in the fight and recover from his wounds!! 💙

Wish505
Wish505

Officer Hinton is a proud member of the Wolf Pack.

mindy1000
mindy1000

$1 million bail. Finally a judge with some sense.

BLUEALWAYS
BLUEALWAYS

And he is alive, WHY ?????

61mouse
61mouse

Why oh why not a third eye and a sand bed 🤔🤔🤔🤔

Sofloblm
Sofloblm

Best wishes to a speedy recovery sir....


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