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Man wanted in PI shooting turns himself in

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — A man police were searching for as a suspect in a May 23 shooting in Presque Isle surrendered to police Wednesday.

Presque Isle Police Chief Matt Irwin said that 36-year-old Bobby L. Nightingale, who was wanted on a charge of aggravated reckless conduct with a firearm, turned himself into police on Wednesday afternoon.

Irwin said that Nightingale surrendered at the police station with a lawyer and denied involvement in the alleged shooting. Nightingale’s bail was set at $20,000 cash and he was to be transported to the Aroostook County Jail in Houlton.

The Presque Isle Police Department issued a call to the public seeking help finding Nightingale after he allegedly fired shots at a home on Oak Street in Presque Isle on the night of May 23.

No injuries were reported in the shooting, but Irwin said investigators believed the suspect was targeting someone.

“We believe he was shooting at someone,” Irwin said in an interview Tuesday.

However, no victim has stepped forward to give a statement, Irwin said, adding that the incident may have been drug-related.

Nightingale has an extensive criminal record that dates back to June 2000 when he pleaded guilty to a burglary in Presque Isle and was sentenced to six months in jail. He has since been convicted of numerous crimes, including disorderly conduct, theft by unauthorized taking, burglary and assault.

Last August, Nightingale and two other individuals were arrested for allegedly kidnapping and robbing a man at knifepoint in Caribou. He pleaded guilty to attempted aggravated assault and spent 178 days in jail, according to Caribou Police Chief Mike Gahagan.  

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