Update: Police identify man who shot himself with flare gun on I-295 in Freeport

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FREEPORT — The man who shot himself with a flare gun on Interstate 295 Tuesday morning has been identified as Daniel Abbott, 65, of Portland.

Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Steve McCausland also identified Jayson Forgues, 42, of Freeport, and Paul Oleston, 48, of Topsham, as the men who stopped and helped Abbott escape from his truck.

McCausland said Oleston pulled Abbott from the truck while Forgues put out the fire that started in the cab after the shooting.

Abbott shot himself in the head three times in an incident being investigated as a possible suicide attempt, McCausland said. Abbott, who suffered wounds and burns to his head, was taken to Maine Medical Center in Portland.

The truck Abbott was driving was modified to run on propane, and the tank in the truck’s bed was at risk of exploding, McCausland said.

Abbott is a professor of architect engineering at Southern Maine Community College in South Portland.


 Courtesy Maine State Police

Courtesy Maine State Police Police say Daniel Abbott, 65, of Portland, shot himself with a flare gun in his truck Tuesday on Interstate 295 in Freeport. He was rescued by one man as another put out the fire in the truck.