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Sagadahoc sheriff's office confirms receiving report of Robert Card's declining mental health before mass shooting - Press Herald

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Cops & CourtsPosted 8:11 PMUpdated 13 seconds agoincrease font sizeSheriff Joel Merry said Robert Card's family contacted his office in May.The sheriff's office also received a request for a wellness check on Card in September.The Sagadahoc County Sheriff’s Office received two reports about Robert Card this year before Card carried out the deadliest mass shooting in state history in Lewiston last week.Members of Card’s family contacted the sheriff’s office in May stating that Card’s mental health had started to decline in January, Sagadahoc County Sheriff Joel Merry said in a statement issued Monday night.“They were concerned for his well being and said that Mr.Card had access to firearms,” Merry wrote.After speaking with the family, a Sagadahoc County deputy spoke with representatives of the 3rd Battalion 304 Training Group and connected them with Card’s family, who assured the sheriff’s office that he would get medical attention.In September, the sheriff’s office also received an email from Card’s U.S.Army Reserve unit in Saco asking for a wellness check.A deputy visited Card’s residence on Sept. 15 and Sept.16.After the first visit, when Card was not home, the sheriff’s office sent a File 6 – an attempt to locate teletype – to other law enforcement agencies.Card’s car was located at his residence when the deputy returned on Sept.16, but no one answered the door, Merry wrote in his statement.The deputy then made contact with Card’s unit commander, who said Card no longer had any weapons from the reserve unit.The commander said they were trying to get treatment for Card and he thought it would be best to let Card have time to himself.On Sept. 17, the deputy made contact with Card’s brother, who Merry said told his office that he would work to secure any firearms Card had access to.The deputy also asked that the family call back if they believed Card needed an evaluation or was a risk to himself or others.This story will be updated.« PreviousTrial of Portland man accused of killing girlfriend at Acadia National Park starts Wednesday

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