GREENBUSH, Maine — A suspect was in custody late Friday night nearly six hours after a deputy believed he heard a gunshot while conducting a welfare check at a home on Spring Bridge Road.
Chief Deputy Troy Morton of the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department said shortly after midnight that deputies had gone to the residence on Spring Bridge Road at about 5 p.m. to conduct a welfare check on a man who a relative was concerned might harm himself.
When the deputy arrived at the home, he found a vehicle parked in the driveway with one end of a hose attached to the exhaust and the other end in the vehicle. As he started to investigate, the deputy heard what appeared to be a gunshot, Morton said.
The officer then retreated and called for backup.
Members of the Sheriff’s Department special response team soon arrived on the scene, established a perimeter around the home and evacuated about five neighboring homes, Morton said. Members of the Maine State Police tactical team also were called in.
Officers continued throughout the evening to try to communicate with the man and contacted relatives for any information that might assist them.
Finally at about 10:40 p.m., the man came out and met police in the driveway without incident, Morton said.
Morton said the man, whom he declined to identify, was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor for evaluation.
At least 30 officers from the Sheriff’s Department and Maine State Police converged on this small community 10 miles north of Old Town. Morton and several other officers were still at the scene at 12:30 a.m. as they continued their investigation.
Morton said no charges are pending.