Sunday, March 9, 2014
By Matt Hongoltz-Hetling email@example.com
The woman in an attempted murder-suicide in Clinton Sunday deflected the gun barrel as she was shot at, suffering only powder burns, before Edward Domasinsky turned the gun on himself, police said Monday.
Deborah Shepherd, executive director of the Family Violence Project, encourages those who are in an abusive relationship or know of someone in an abusive relationship to contact the organization to access help and information.
The toll-free help line is available 24 hours a day, and is confidential:
Information can also be found online at www.familyviolenceproject.org
Domasinsky, 55, an organic farmer, shot himself in the face and was listed in serious condition at Maine Medical Center in Portland Monday.
The shooting is the latest case of domestic violence, reports of which are on the rise in Maine.
Late Sunday morning, Domasinsky reportedly fired one shot at Linda Owens, 46, according to a press release from Capt. Dennis Picard of the Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office.
Police did not describe the relationship between Owens and Domasinsky, but called it a case of domestic violence, which Maine law defines as involving a family or household member.
Owens deflected the gun barrel, getting powder burns, and fled the house at 544 Horseback Road, according to the release.
Owens told police that while she fled, she heard the gunshot as Domasinsky shot himself. She ran to another residence about a quarter-mile down the road, where the occupants called the police for help.
She was later taken by Delta Ambulance to Inland Hospital in Waterville, where she was treated and released.
Clinton Police Officer Karl Roy, the first officer on the scene, found Domasinsky sitting in his truck at the residence.
Charges are expected to be filed as the investigation continues, according to Picard.Reports on the rise
The number of cases of domestic violence reported annually in Maine has increased in recent years.
It can be difficult to know which of the thousands of abusive domestic relationships reported every year will escalate into gunfire or severe injuries, but there are warning signs, experts say.
A total of 5,593 cases were reported in 2012, the most recent year on record with the Maine State Police. In recent years, about half of the state’s yearly 20-25 murders are classified as domestic violence.
Domestic violence is one of the only crimes that increased between 2011 and 2012, a period in which there was a decrease in crime in Maine.
John Morris, commissioner of the Maine Department of Public Safety, called the 4.5 percent increase between 2011 and 2012 disappointing, especially coming on the heels of a 4.6 increase the previous year.
“It’s my hope that the increase in domestic assaults is because victims are more likely to report the crime because of greater response by law enforcement and the assistance available from many support groups around Maine to help the victims,” Morris said in a statement released with the crime report.
Deborah Shepherd, executive director of the Family Violence Project, said calls to the organization’s help lines have also increased in recent years, but it is difficult to know whether that is the result of increasing amounts of violence, or more awareness of the resource.Recent cases demonstrate risks
Sometimes, perpetrators of domestic violence are arrested and charged without anyone being seriously injured, as was the case on Dec. 11 in Levant, when police arrested a man who reportedly threatened others with a baseball bat and then engaged in a six-hour standoff with authorities.
Other times, domestic violence becomes lethal.
In Ellsworth, police have charged 30-year-old Chris Saenz in the beating death of his wife, 29-year-old Hillary Saenz, whose body was found in the couple’s apartment on Christmas Day.
Hillary Saenz, whose two preteen children are in the care of relatives, died of blunt force trauma, according to an autopsy report cited by police.
Her death closed out a year in which 11 domestic violence related homicides were recorded in Maine.Predicting explosive violence
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