LINCOLN, Maine — The Penobscot County District Attorney’s Office will decide whether to seek charges against a 17-year-old boy after police disarmed him at his Lee Road home Monday and took him into custody, Police Chief William Flagg said Tuesday.
“I am not saying that there are going to be any charges,” Flagg said. “This is basically a case forwarded to the DA’s office as a matter of protocol.”
Doctors at Penobscot Valley Hospital of Lincoln released the local boy to his parents’ custody late Monday after he was evaluated, Flagg said. Police also returned to his parents the shotgun the boy had when he was arrested.
Officers responded shortly after 3 p.m. Monday to a 911 call about a domestic violence problem at the house, Flagg said. He said the boy, whom he declined to identify because he is a juvenile, had stormed off into the woods carrying a shotgun after an apparent argument or other disturbance at home.
The boy returned to the house shortly thereafter. Police told him to drop the weapon and ordered him to the ground immediately. The teen complied and officers grabbed the weapon and placed him under arrest. No one was injured.
The teen was distraught and was taken to the hospital for observation.
Police have concluded their investigation and will forward the case to the district attorney for review next week. They already have spoken with officials from the District Attorney’s Office about it, Flagg said.
Penobscot County District Attorney R. Christopher Almy said Tuesday that he wasn’t aware of the case. It is likely being handled by his office’s juvenile case officer, he said, which wouldn’t necessitate his involvement.