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Double Homicide in Westbrook

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An arrest has been made and the victims identified Monday’s (June 19) double homicide in Westbrook. The identities of the two victims are 37-year-old Brittney Cockrell of Westbrook and 41-year-old Michael Hayter, also of Westbrook.

Maine State Police:

On Monday, June 19th, 2023, at approximately 8:28 pm, the Westbrook Police Department responded to a shooting complaint near the intersection of Main Street and Bridge Street in Westbrook. Officers arrived and observed a male suspect shooting a female near a vehicle in the parking lot off of Bridge Street. A foot pursuit of the suspect began back down Main Street in the direction of Armory Apartments. The armed gunman physically assaulted a bystander during his pursuit but was then tackled and disarmed by several other bystanders. Responders discovered two deceased individuals, a female near the vehicle and a man inside the vehicle in the parking lot off of Bridge Street. Also discovered inside the vehicle were the victim’s two
children, an 11-year-old boy and a 7-year-old girl who both witnessed the shooting. The children were not injured. The injured bystander hurt during the suspect’s pursuit has been identified as 75-year-old Fred Roukey of Westbrook. He was transported to Maine Medical Center with minor injuries.

The detained suspect was identified as 24-Year-Old Marcel Lagrange Jr. of South Portland. Lagrange was transported from the scene to the Cumberland County Jail where he was charged with two counts of Murder. He is currently being held without bail. At this time there is no known connection between the victims and Marcel Lagrange Jr.

On Tuesday morning June 20, 2023, the OCME confirmed the identity of the two victims as 37-year-old Brittney Cockrell of Westbrook and 41-year-old Michael Hayter of Westbrook. The Medical Examiner’s Office has concluded the cause and manner of their deaths as gunshot wounds and has ruled their deaths a homicide. Marcel Lagrange Jr. will be arraigned in Cumberland County Superior Court on Wednesday, June 21, 2023, at 1:00 pm on two counts of Murder.

The victims were the parents to the two children.

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