Police respond to mistaken reports of shots fired in Brewer; man evaluated at hospital

Posted Aug. 19, 2011, at 1:38 p.m.
Last modified Aug. 19, 2011, at 4:06 p.m.

BREWER, Maine — Police officers converged on a Wilson Street motel Friday afternoon responding to reports of shots fired, a dispatcher at Penobscot Regional Communication Center said at around 1:20 p.m.

Police said they did not find a weapon or evidence that one had been fired.

Brewer police Sgt. David Lord said he and Cpl. Nelson Ferro went to the Cozy Inn at about 1:15 p.m. to do a welfare check on a room renter who “was feeling unsafe and had access to a firearm.”

“Cpl. Nelson Ferro arrived first and heard what he thought was a gunshot,” said Lord, who pulled into the motel’s parking lot directly behind Ferro. “I was just pulling in and I saw people ducking and running.”

Brewer police, assisted by Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office deputies, surrounded the area, blocked off traffic on Wilson Street and evacuated the building.

Police took the 54-year-old man they had gone to check on into custody at about 1:30 p.m. and determined he was not armed, Lord said.

“No weapons were found and we found no evidence of a gunshot,” the sergeant said. “He was taken in for an evaluation” at a local hospital.

No charges were filed against the man, who is listed as a Brewer-area transient, and police did not release his name.

“I have no idea what that bang was,” Lord said.

The investigation showed that alcohol played a role in Friday’s events, the sergeant said.