An incident that was originally reported as a home invasion that left a woman with a gunshot wound is now believed to be a case of domestic assault.

Maine Department of Public Safety spokesperson Shannon Moss says the Houlton Regional Communications Center received a 911 call from 24-year-old Joshua Prestwood of Easton at 10:17 Wednesday night, January 26th. Prestwood made the call as he was driving his girlfriend to the Northern Light AR Gould Hospital in Presque Isle and told authorities that his girlfriend had been shot during a home invasion. The unknown assailant, he said, had fled the scene. Once the woman arrived at the hospital, she was flown by Life Flight to Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor for treatment of a gunshot wound.

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Police agencies, including the Maine State Police, MSP Major Crimes Unit, and the Presque Isle Police began investigating the alleged home invasion, which they eventually determined had not happened. On Tuesday, February 1st, Prestwood was arrested in Presque Isle and charged with domestic violence aggravated assault, theft by unauthorized taking or transfer, and domestic violence reckless conduct.

The victim remains hospitalized, where officials say she is critical but stable. Her name is not being released.

Police continue to investigate this incident.

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