March 20, 2018
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Police use tear gas to end standoff with Hallowell murder suspect

The Associated Press

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine state police say tear gas was used to end a 10-hour standoff with an Augusta man charged with killing a man whose body was found on the outskirts of Hallowell.

Maine Public Safety Department spokesman Stephen McCausland says 30-year-old Peter Bathgate refused to leave an apartment when state and local police arrived early Tuesday to arrest him. He surrendered at 11:30 a.m. after a state police tactical squad fired tear gas into the apartment.

McCausland says Bathgate was charged with murder in the death of 47-year-old Paul Allen of Augusta, whose body was found on Sunday alongside a road.

The State Medical Examiner’s Office declared Allen’s death a homicide on Monday. The cause of death has not been released.

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