A Brunswick woman has died after being shot by police in Topsham.
Topsham police Officer Mathew Bowers shot Kourtney Sherwood, 37, near the Merrymeeting Bridge in Topsham on Route 196 around 3 p.m. Monday. She was critically injured and taken to a local hospital, which later confirmed she had died on Tuesday afternoon.
The portion of the road was shut down for about four hours Monday.
Police initially got a call around 2:30 p.m. to check on the well-being of Sherwood who was stopped on the side of the road. She was reportedly making homicidal and suicidal statements and was possibly armed with a gun, according to police.
Topsham police, the Sagadahoc County Sheriff’s Office, Brunswick police and Maine State Police all responded.
Police officers tried to talk with Sherwood, but the situation turned into an armed confrontation that ended when Bowers shot her, leaving Sherwood critically injured. No police officers were injured during the shooting.
As is standard procedure, Bowers is on paid administrative leave and the Maine attorney general’s office is investigating.
It was the second officer-involved shooting in Maine in just the past three days.