Police officers from multiple law enforcement agencies document the scene where Stephen Bossom 35, was shot and killed by Deputy Kenneth York of the Penobscot County Sheriff's Office at the Sebasticook Lake Campground, July 15, 2022. (Sawyer Loftus | BDN)

A Penobscot County sheriff’s deputy shot and killed a man who police said had a gun at a Newport campground on Friday afternoon.

Penobscot County Sheriff Troy Morton and Newport Police Chief David Wintle said dispatchers received a report of a man with a gun at the Sebasticook Lake Campground on Friday afternoon. 

Penobscot County Deputy Sheriff Kenneth York responded to the report and was allegedly “confronted” by Stephen Bossom, 35, with a gun. York shot and killed Bossom. 

Roads leading into the campground were shut down into late Friday as police processed the scene. 

Cassidy Clark, who lives near the campground located at 52 Tent Village Road, told the Bangor Daily News that she heard a gunshot after police arrived on the scene. Clark said that when she was returning home, the road to the campground was blocked off by police. 

The shooting is being investigated by Attorney General Aaron Frey’s office, which is customary whenever an officer uses deadly force. 

York has been with the sheriff’s office since 2017 when he graduated from the Maine Criminal Justice Academy. York is listed as a deputy assigned to patrol Hermon, according to the town’s website. He is on administrative leave pending the state investigation.

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Leela Stockley

Leela Stockley is an alumna of the University of Maine. She was raised in northern Maine, and loves her cat Wesley, her puppy Percy and staying active in the Maine outdoors.

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Sawyer Loftus

Sawyer Loftus is an investigative reporter at the Bangor Daily News. A graduate of the University of Vermont, Sawyer grew up in Vermont where he worked for Vermont Public Radio, The Burlington Free Press...