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Maine firefighter Jerry Perdomo's alleged killer owed him $3,000, police say both involved with drugs

Daniel Porter (left) is accused of killing Florida firefighter Jerry Perdomo (right) CBS/WGME

(CBS/AP) NEWBURGH, Maine - A Maine man accused of killing a Florida firefighter owed him $3,000, and told police the firefighter threatened him and his family during a game of pool, an arrest warrant states.

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Seminole County firefighter and married father Jerry Perdomo, 31, disappeared in Maine on Feb. 16 after traveling up the coast from Florida in a rental car to see friends. A police investigation began three days later, after a woman described as Perdomo's girlfriend told police in Bangor that she last saw him Feb. 16 with a handgun and that he told her he was going to meet someone who owed him money.

Police say he went to meet Daniel Porter, 24, who is scheduled to make an initial court appearance Thursday to face a murder charge.

The arrest affidavit said Porter told police that Perdomo was dead but would not say where the body was. Police located the body Wednesday on property owned by Porter's relatives in a rural area.

Police said they found blood samples likely matching Perdomo's DNA at a home where Porter was living in Jackson, about 20 miles from the town where Perdomo's body was found.

According to the affidavit, Porter and Perdomo were involved with drugs and had exchanged death threats in January.

According to The Orlando Sentinel, a spokeswoman for the Seminole County Sheriff's Office said that the agency is "aware of media accounts of possible drug activity" and "will work with the Maine State Police and will follow up as needed."

Each man had reportedly told investigators he had been threatened by the other. "Perdomo stated that he observed Porter with a machine gun and that Porter threatened to shoot him and put him through a wood chipper," according to the affidavit. "Porter stated that Perdomo threatened to cut off his hands and kill him."

When detectives first found and questioned Porter, he would not provide details about Perdomo. Porter's girlfriend said both men were involved in drug activity and she left them together Feb. 16 at Porter's father's house about 7 p.m. in Jackson, Maine. When she returned, Perdomo and his car were gone.

However, Porter did tell police in Connecticut that "he came to visit his mother, grandmother and great grandmother because it might be the last time he might see them as a free man," said Det. John Reshotnik of the Orange Police Department. "He indicated that he expected to be in prison the next time he sees them."

At one point during the police investigation, authorities told Porter they found a bag with Perdomo's belongings in the trash. Porter's eyes welled with tears, the report said.

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