The Independent Commission tasked by Maine Gov. Janet Mills with investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding the Oct. 25 mass shooting in Lewiston is slated to hear testimony from members of the Sagadahoc County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) Thursday morning.
Members of the SCSO were made aware of the Lewiston shooter Robert R. Card, Jr.’s declining mental health as early as May 2023, when Card’s son and ex-wife voiced their concerns about Card’s paranoia and access to firearms to law enforcement.
In September 2023, just weeks before the shooting took place and claimed the lives of 18 Mainers and injured 13, the Sgt. Aaron Skolfield of the SCSO attempted to conduct two wellness checks at Card’s home in Bowdoin, but failed to make contact with him.
A third-party review released in December of the SCSO’s response to concerns about Card’s mental health determined that their conduct was “reasonable under the totality of circumstances,” and that there was insufficient grounds to take Card into protective custody — which could have resulted in his access to firearms being restricted under Maine’s “yellow flag” law.
The SCSO members will testify publicly before the seven-member Independent Commission Thursday at 9 a.m., in the Deering Building, room 101, at 90 Blossom Lane in Augusta.
Below is a list of the Commission’s scheduled public meetings through early March, and the testimonies which are scheduled for each meeting:
- Thursday, Feb. 1, 8:30 a.m.: Testimony from victims — so far, four victims are scheduled to testify.
- Thursday, Feb. 15, 9:00 a.m.: Maine State Police.
- Thursday, March 7 (Time TBD): The Commission has extended a request to U.S. Army personnel to testify.