Accused shooter alleges she was abused



ELLSWORTH — A Hancock woman who allegedly shot and wounded her husband with a .22-caliber pistol last month told Deputy Mariza Gionfriddo she was sorry she shot the man but claimed the shooting was the culmination of “years of abuse,” according to court records.

Hancock County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Jane Strunk, 58, on a charge of elevated aggravated assault June 27. Strunk was released from the Hancock County Jail June 30 on $25,000 cash bail. She is being represented by Ellsworth attorney Jeffrey Toothaker.

The victim, 59, was shot through the lower abdomen, the deputy stated in her report. The bullet exited his mid-lower back.

District Attorney Matt Foster said Tuesday that he thinks the man is still hospitalized but is expected to make a full recovery.

Gionfriddo was the first officer to arrive at the residence after the shooting. When she arrived, Strunk was on the phone with the Hancock County Regional Communications Center.

The deputy stated that she tried to keep the shooting victim calm and applied pressure on the man’s wound until Hancock first responders arrived.

Gionfriddo stated she asked the man what had happened and he said he didn’t know.

Gionfriddo stated that she asked Strunk what happened — an interview done in a police cruiser.

“She stated it was years of build-up and every night he drinks and he attacks her,” Gionfriddo wrote.

Before Strunk was arrested, she was interviewed by Hancock County Sheriff’s Detective Jake Day and Maine State Police Detective Greg Roy at the state police barracks in Ellsworth.

LifeFlight took the man to Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center.

The residence has a sign on its porch that states “Please Check Your Guns at the Door,” according to court records.

Jennifer Osborn

Jennifer Osborn

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