Portland police officer on leave after shooting burglary suspect

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Portland police on Monday identified the officer who shot an alleged burglar at the former Preble Street Soup Kitchen in Bayside.

Officer Nevin Rand, who has been with the department since August 2018, was placed on paid administrative leave until the department completes its investigation into the Oct. 9 shooting.

Portland, Maine, Police Department emblemThe Office of the Attorney General is also conducting an investigation that is separate from the local investigation, the department said.

Rand shot Edward C. Hyman, 42, of New York City. Witnesses reported seeing Hyman attempting to burglarize the soup kitchen, and Rand tried to speak with him. According to a press release from the Police Department, Hyman was shot during the interaction and taken to Maine Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

Rand was not injured in the incident, and it was not clear if Hyman was armed. Police said he will be charged with criminal threatening and failure to submit to arrest or detention when he is released from the hospital.

On Monday, Maj. Robert Martin said the department would not comment any further until the investigation is concluded. He did not say why Hyman was not also charged with burglary.

“The Portland Police Department withheld the release of this information while we positively identified Mr. Hyman along with allowing him the time needed to recover so that he could notify his family,” Interim Police Chief Heath Gorham said in the press release. “To ensure the integrity of the investigation no further details will be released at this time. When appropriate, the department will release further information.”