DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — A Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Department investigator who talked a suicidal man into surrendering earlier this month is being praised for his response.
Piscataquis County Commissioners Tom Lizotte, Fred Trask and Eric Ward commended Jamie Kane last week for his professionalism, patience and perseverance in persuading Everett Marino, 32, of Dover-Foxcroft to surrender instead of harming himself after he had assaulted his wife.
Kane, who arrived at the scene shortly after a Dover-Foxcroft police officer, patiently talked with Marino for about two hours by cell phone before the man surrendered to police. Marino, who was alone inside the house and had a loaded .30-.30 rifle, surrendered to Kane at about the same time the state police tactical team ar-rived, according to police.
“By using your training, you were able to ensure the safety of a fellow officer and to take control of the situation which had the potential to be deadly,” the commissioners wrote. “The patience that you exhibited while speaking to the man during an extremely stressful situation is to be commended.”
Kane said Monday he was pleased with the recognition. “It was nice that they see the effort we try to put in,” Kane said. He also said he was glad Marino surrendered.
Marino later pleaded guilty to domestic assault and to creating a police standoff and was sentenced to 15 days in jail and fined a total of $550 for the two offenses.