The Massachusetts State Police Commonwealth Fusion Center continues to be in regular contact with its Maine counterpart in regard to the Lewiston shootings and fugitive suspect ROBERT CARD. At this time we are aware of no confirmed nexus between CARD and Massachusetts. We continue to monitor all available intelligence and will update our local law enforcement partners and the public of any developments that affect our state.
Massachusetts State Police Colonel John Mawn has been in contact with his counterparts from Maine and the other New England states to assess and coordinate capabilities for providing mutual aid to the Maine State Police. The full complement of Massachusetts State Police assets stand ready for deployment if requested, as necessitated by the evolving investigation and fugitive apprehension mission.
Thus far, a Massachusetts State Trooper assigned to our Bomb Squad and his K9 partner have responded to the Lewiston area in his capacity as an ATF Task Force Officer.
Last night the Massachusetts State Police deployed several Troop A patrols to the MA-NH state line to be on the lookout for the suspect’s white Subaru. That mission was a standard proactive deployment; there was no intelligence that suggested the suspect had fled toward Massachusetts. That vehicle was later located abandoned in Maine.
Our Fusion Center is gathering and processing a large amount of continually evolving information. If we become aware of a confirmed threat or nexus to Massachusetts we will provide official notification to media and the public.
As always, we remind the public to call 911 immediately to report anyone or anything suspicious.