June 24, 2018
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Armed Warren man arrested after standoff ends

By Abigail Curtis, BDN Staff

WARREN, Maine — A five-hour standoff early Sunday morning at an Oyster River Road residence between a heavily armed man and four law enforcement agencies caused a neighborhood evacuation before ending peacefully.

Lionel Stover, 51, of Warren was allegedly intoxicated and threatening to harm himself when police arrived at the residence at 3:21 a.m. for a well-being check, according to a press release sent later in the morning by Knox County Sheriff Donna Dennison.

Stover also threatened to harm anyone trying to stop him and fired two separate shots, Dennison said. Stover reportedly was armed with two .410 shotguns, one .50-caliber black powder rifle, numerous knives and a bow, according to the release.

Deputy James Moore of the Knox County Sheriff’s Office initially responded and was backed up by Officer Doug Brundrette of the Thomaston Police Department and Officer Daniel Brown of the Rockport Police Department.

“After the scene was secured, nearby residents were evacuated,” Dennison wrote, adding that Oyster River Road also was blocked for safety reasons.

The Maine State Police Tactical Team and more sheriff’s deputies were called for help, she said.

“The Tac Team was very well-organized and professional,” she wrote.

“They also showed great patience and teamwork.”

The incident was resolved at 8:30 a.m., according to a Knox County dispatcher. No further information was available from the Sheriff’s Office Sunday.

“All agencies worked cooperatively, which resulted in everyone going home safe,” Dennison said.

Stover was arrested and charged with reckless conduct with a firearm. He apparently had not been taken to Knox County Jail, according to a jail official.

According to Bangor Daily News archives, Stover previously was found guilty of two minor fishing and boating charges in 1998 and 2000 for which he was fined a total of $150. The archives did not show any prior criminal activity.

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