WESTBROOK — The shooting deaths of two men in Westbrook on Saturday were an apparent murder-suicide, Maine State Police said Saturday night.
According to state police, Patrick Milliner, 30, of South Portland shot Matthew Rairdon, 22, in Rairdon’s apartment and then shot himself. Police said the two had been in a relationship that recently ended and that the slaying of Rairdon is being classified as a domestic violence homicide, the state’s 10th this year.
Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety, said police believe Milliner shot Rairdon very early Saturday morning, when Rairdon, an emergency room nurse at Mercy Hospital in Portland, returned home from work. A .40-caliber Glock handgun was found by Milliner’s body, McCausland said.
Milliner, McCausland said, was a new correctional guard at the Maine Correctional Facility in Windham and is currently enrolled in a correctional guard training program at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy in Vassalboro.
The bodies were discovered around 11 a.m. Saturday by Rairdon’s female roommate, who has not been identified.
The shooting took place in an apartment at the rear of a house at 318A Main St., a residential neighborhood about a half-mile from downtown Westbroo
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Matthew Rairdon, 22, was shot dead in the early hours of Saturday morning at his apartment in downtown Westbrook as he returned from a shift at a local hospital.
Patrick Milliner, 30, then turned the .40-caliber Glock pistol on himself. Their bodies were found several hours later by Rairdon’s room mate.
According to Maine State Police Milliner, who recently moved to Maine from Colorado, had just purchased the weapon the night before.
Police have described the two men as former lovers whose relationship had recently ended.
The South Portland man who police say killed his former boyfriend before turning the gun on himself wrote online of his “dark thoughts” in the hours before the murder-suicide.
Patrick Milliner, 30, shot himself in the head after shooting 22-year-old Matthew Rairdon twice early Saturday, said police, who think that Milliner ambushed Rairdon as he returned to his apartment in Westbrook.
The men had an on-again, off-again relationship that ended recently, according to a long letter that Milliner posted on Facebook about four hours before the shooting. Milliner indicated that he was upset about the end of his relationship with Rairdon and about spending Thanksgiving alone.