Matthew Cummings

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Service Record

Fort Fairfield Maine Police Department

Rank Chief
Dates of Service 2009.[1]
Last Known Status Separated

Aroostook County Maine Sheriff's Office

Rank Sergeant
Dates of Service Approximately 2014-2021.[1]
Salary $71,180 (2020)[2]
Last Known Status Separated

Fort Fairfield Maine Police Department

Rank Chief
Dates of Service Hired August 9, 2021.[1]
Salary $85,243 (2022)[3]
Last Known Status Active


2021 Presidential Valor Award

On October 28, 2022, the Maine Sheriff's Association presented Cummings with a Presidential Valor Award.[4]

Incident Reports

2021 Death of Shannon Wilcox

On July 8, 2021, Wilcox's girlfriend called police to report that he was firing a gun into the air and had fired at her feet. The initial responding officers attempted to get Wilcox to drop the handgun. Cummings arrived and armed himself with a "less lethal" shotgun. Cummings fired several beanbag rounds at Wilcox, who was not affected and became more agitated. As Wilcox pointed his gun at the officers, Maine State Police Lieutenant Brian Harris attempted to fire his rifle, but it malfunctioned. Cummings fired his service weapon, striking Wilcox.[5][6]

Officers rendered aid. Wilcox died.[6]

The incident was captured on officers' body-worn cameras.[7]

Response Timeline

On July 18, 2023, the state Attorney General found that Wilcox was threatening deadly force and Cummings acted in defense of himself and others.[7]

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