Shootings leave two men dead

Norman Strobel

Norman Strobel

CASCO — A man seeking vengeance against an ex-girlfriend resulted in a fatal shooting Sunday in Naples.

Norman J. Strobel was shot and killed by Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office deputies after a confrontation at a mobile home on Songo School Road in Naples early Sunday morning.

Strobel was being sought in connection with a shooting at 10:45 p.m. at a Winifred Lane home in Casco Saturday.

Police say Strobel had threatened his ex-girlfriend, Sandra Goulet, on several occasions, despite the issuance of restraining orders.

The volatile situation came to a head Saturday night when Strobel, who had been released from jail exactly one week ago for violating his probation, went to Goulet’s cottage in Casco. He was accompanied by Richard J. Diekema Sr., 55, of Naples, who reportedly had befriended Strobel in July and recently allowed Strobel to move into his two-bedroom mobile home.

Police say two people were at the residence — Goulet’s daughter, Alyssa (age 28), and her boyfriend, Jason Almeida (32) of Middleton, R.I. Strobel produced a handgun and started shooting through a window. Almeida was shot, and he was subsequently taken by Casco Rescue to Bridgton Hospital and later to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston in critical condition.

Police say Strobel later called Sandy Goulet, who was in police custody, admitting to the shooting, Cumberland County Sheriff Kevin Joyce said.

Deputies were able to track Strobel’s cell phone to a location on Songo School Road. At 4 a.m., six deputies approached the home, where they saw a man (later identified as Diekema) seated in a chair with blood on his face. Strobel confronted deputies as they entered the home, firing a handgun. Sgt. Andrew Feeney and Deputy Derek Brill returned fire, killing Strobel. No deputies were injured during the fray. Both Feeney and Brill were placed on paid administrative leave pending investigation — which is standard procedure following police-involved shootings.

Police determined that Diekema, a longtime mechanic at Reynolds Motorsports in Buxton, was dead when deputies arrived.

Strobel had a protection order issued against him on Sandra Goulet’s behalf, and he had taken the woman’s two dogs from her home in the past week. The dogs were located safe at the mobile home.

In a press conference Monday, Sheriff Joyce reviewed Strobel’s criminal history, which included:

  • Sept. 16, 2016, arrested by CCSO on charges of a temporary warrant of protection from abuse and a probation hold.
  • Sept. 19, 2016, went to court and pled guilty to both charges; sentenced to 80 days on probation revocation; sentenced to 364 days, all suspended, and to run consecutive to the jail sentence for the probation violation on the protection order.
  • Was given credit for three days for time served; so the balance was 77 days of incarceration.
  • During the rest of his sentence, Strobel was given 12 days good time (meritorious time); and six days institutional work time.
  • Nov. 17, 2016, scheduled release date minus good time; prior to release, CCSO discovered a warrant for criminal trespass.
  • Nov. 18, 2016, Strobel was taken to court and pled guilty to criminal trespass and sentenced to 47 hours (24 hour credit for time served).
  • Nov. 19, 2016, released from Cumberland County Jail.
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