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Concerns about Robert R. Card, the Maine gunman responsible for the state’s deadliest mass shooting, were raised by his family to the local sheriff’s office months before the tragedy. The Sagadahoc County Sheriff’s Office was informed of Card’s deteriorating mental state and his possession of firearms, as revealed in recent documentation.
In May, the sheriff’s office was alerted by Card’s family about his declining mental health, which began in January. They voiced their worries over his well-being, highlighting his access to guns. Following this, the sheriff’s office coordinated with the 3rd Battalion 304 Training Group, and Card’s family stated they would ensure he received medical attention. A subsequent wellness check request in September by Card’s Army Reserve unit led to two visits by a deputy. Despite the residence showing signs of occupation, there was no response. Card’s military unit commander emphasized that Card had no reserve unit weapons and suggested giving him personal space.
A week before the attack, an alert that warned law enforcement about Card being potentially “armed and dangerous” was canceled. Card went on to claim 18 lives and injure 13 more at a bowling alley and a restaurant.
Card had also been admitted to a mental health facility after hearing voices and expressing threats earlier in the year. In light of these events, the sheriff’s office declared their grief for the community’s loss, defending their actions and procedures. They also expressed their intent to reevaluate policies to improve public safety while respecting individual rights.