Ripley man jailed after standoff Friday in Dexter

Posted July 31, 2010, at 2:24 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 29, 2011, at 11:37 a.m.

DEXTER, Maine — A Ripley man was arrested Friday night after a standoff with local, county and state law enforcement officials.

Roger Russell, 37, was charged with Class C terrorizing. He remained at the Penobscot County Jail on Saturday afternoon unable to post $260 bail.

The incident began when Dexter police received a report about 7:40 p.m. Friday of a suicidal person firing shots from a car in the driveway of a home on Dunn Road, Sgt. Kevin Wintle of the Dexter Police Department said Saturday. Russell was a passenger in a car driven by a person Wintle did not identify.

Russell then apparently was driven about 2.5 miles from Dunn Road to the residence of a person he knew on Townline Road. When Officer Gary Morin arrived, Russell was inside the house, the sergeant said.

Maine State Police, along with deputies from the Penobscot and Piscataquis County sheriffs’ offices, responded. State troopers were able to make contact with Russell inside the house, according to Wintle.

Russell surrendered without incident shortly after 9 p.m. Dexter police recovered the rifle he allegedly used to fire the shots on Dunn Road.

No one was injured in the incident, according to Wintle.

He said the terrorizing charge stemmed from Russell’s firing shots at that residence.

The investigation is continuing and additional charges could be filed, he said.

If convicted of terrorizing, Russell would face up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.

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