Bangor man arrested after standoff with police

Posted July 15, 2010, at 12:07 p.m.
Donald Michaud. (Photo courtesy of Penobscot County Jail)
Donald Michaud. (Photo courtesy of Penobscot County Jail)

BANGOR, Maine — A Bangor man with a lengthy criminal record was arrested early Thursday after he reportedly fired a handgun out an upstairs window of his Center Street apartment Wednesday night, then threatened to kill anyone who knocked on his door, police said.

“He made threats he had a gun and said if they showed up at his door there would be a shootout,” Bangor police Lt. Steve Hunt said Thursday. “He also said someone was going to die.”

Several people living in the area of 221 Center St., located near the intersection with Madison Street, called police just before 9 p.m. to say they heard gunshots, Hunt said.

The suspect, Donald Michaud Jr., 44, lives at that address and is known to police, who called him to try to defuse the situation, but Michaud only became more angry, Hunt said.

“Mr. Michaud was uncooperative and the conversation” turned for the worse, he said.

The Police Department Special Response Team, a specially trained tactical team, was dispatched to the scene and created a safety perimeter, blocking traffic through the area.

“Michaud made more death treats and they [the tactical team] fired tear gas, or some sort of gas, into the apartment and he came out,” Hunt said.

Michaud was arrested around 1:30 a.m. after a four-hour standoff and was charged with felony terrorizing. He also was charged with violating his bail conditions and creating a police standoff. In addition, Michaud had three outstanding warrants for his arrest from Aroostook County for unpaid fines, a Penobscot County Jail official said.

Michaud was taken to the Bangor jail and remained there Thursday afternoon. His bail was set at a little more than $1,500, and his first appearance in court is scheduled for Friday, a jail official said.

Michaud was alone in his apartment and police did not recover a weapon, Hunt said.

If convicted of the terrorizing charge, Michaud faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.

Most of Michaud’s criminal history is from Aroostook County, according to prior court listings in the Bangor Daily News.

His most recent conviction was for theft in Bangor in April. For that case he listed a Presque Isle address and was sentenced to 30 days in jail.

Michaud has numerous convictions over the last five years for disorderly conduct, assault, criminal mischief, terrorizing, possession of marijuana, trafficking in dangerous knives, violating condition of release, and at least three convictions for misusing E-911.

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