May 27, 2018
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Domestic disturbance call leads to police standoff charges in Augusta

By Meg Haskell, BDN Staff

AUGUSTA, Maine — Augusta police and other public safety personnel evacuated an apartment building on Penobscot Street on Saturday afternoon after a man reportedly assaulted a woman and then locked himself in his apartment, brandishing a knife when police arrived.

According to a statement from the Augusta Police Department, neighbors reported an escalating domestic disturbance at about 2 a.m. Saturday morning. Police responding to the call learned an assault with minor injuries had taken place. When they tried to speak with the suspect, 47-year-old Wayne M. Thompson, he became combative and brandished a knife before locking himself in his apartment for the next several hours.

State Police tactical and crisis negotiation teams were contacted, and with the assistance of Augusta Fire and Rescue personnel, the building was evacuated and Thompson was taken into custody. Pending charges include domestic violence assault, criminal threatening, terrorizing and creating a police standoff.

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