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Accused Berlin wife-killer found dead in Rumford, Maine

Union Leader Correspondent

June 23. 2018 5:59PM
A Berlin Police barricade prevents access to 10 Harrington Ave., where Angie Bisson was found dead Friday. Denis Bisson was found dead late Friday night the victim of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, authorities said. (John Koziol/Union Leader Correspondent)

BERLIN — The manhunt for the suspected killer of his 43-year-old wife ended late Friday night with the discovery of his dead body in Rumford, Maine, from an apparent, self-inflicted gunshot wound, officials have confirmed.

Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald, state police Col. Christopher J. Wagner and Berlin police Chief Peter Morency announced the office of the chief medical examiner in Maine will conduct an autopsy on Denis Bisson, 52, to determine the exact manner and cause of death.

Authorities say Bisson shot and killed his wife, Angie at their Harrington Avenue home, likely on Thursday.

Dr. Jennie V. Duval, New Hampshire’s chief medical examiner, performed an autopsy on Angie Bisson which determined her homicide came from a single gunshot wound to the head.

There were unconfirmed reports that police belief Angie Bisson had told her husband of her intention to seek a divorce before he killed her.

A warrant Friday evening had been issued for Bisson and there were reports Friday night of a large law enforcement presence gathered at a site in Rumford, Maine.

Maine State Police officials said Bisson shot himself along the Androscoggin River on Bridge Street in Rumford.

Residents heard a shot and called police, who found the body at 11:30 p.m.

A short time earlier, Bisson’s pickup truck was located along an ATV trail off Route 108 in Rumford about three miles from where his body was found.

Bisson had been sought on an arrest warrant for second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of his wife, according to a statement issued Friday evening by the New Hampshire Attorney General’s office, New Hampshire State Police and Berlin police.

A State Police helicopter responded to assist with the homicide in Berlin of Angie Bisson, 43, who authorities believe was killed by her husband Denis, 52.

Although the authorities did not identify the location of the incident, the New Hampshire State Police Major Crime Unit van was parked outside 10 Harrington Ave. for several hours Friday, and investigators from the unit were observed going into the building at that address, which, according to city assessing records, is owned by Denis G. Bisson.

Early Friday morning, Berlin police responded to that residence and found Angie Bisson deceased.

According to their Facebook pages, both Denis and Angie Bisson, have deep roots in Berlin. Both pages cite Berlin High School and White Mountains Community College as their alma maters. Angie Bisson wrote that she is the auto and sporting goods manager at the Wal-Mart in nearby Gorham, where she worked since 2007.

Before the discovery of Denis Bisson’s body, senior Assistant Attorney General Peter Hinckley on Friday evening had reiterated that there was no imminent threat to the public. He confirmed that a state police helicopter, flying from the Berlin Regional Airport in Milan, had been utilized in the hunt for Bisson, but he declined to provide any further details about the search.

At one point, the airport served as a staging area for state police, where there were four marked state police cruisers, a marked state police SUV and two police dogs.

Berlin police had cordoned off Winter Street between Prospect Street and Harrington Avenue. About 11:30 a.m., a body was removed from the Harrington Avenue residence and taken away in a Bryant Funeral Home hearse.

Reporter Kevin Landrigan contributed to this report.

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