Man arrested after allegedly firing handgun at car containing 2 women, young child

By Abigail Curtis, BDN Staff
Posted May 09, 2012, at 3:19 p.m.

STOCKTON SPRINGS, Maine — Police arrested a local man Tuesday who is accused of shooting a handgun at a vehicle that had two women and a young child inside.

The incident began a little before 12:30 p.m., when the women drove to a residence on Damon Road to retrieve some belongings. They told police later that Kirt Damon, 23, came out and told the women to hurry up and leave, or he was going to shoot at the vehicle, according to Detective Merl Reed of the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office.

The women got in the vehicle and began driving off.

“Both females saw Kirt emerge from the front door of the trailer. He pointed a handgun at the vehicle and fired one round. They said he fired at the vehicle while they were driving away,” Reed said.

After making their escape, the women called police to report the shooting.

Police found no bullet hole in the vehicle, but contacted Damon, who agreed to meet them at the head of the driveway. Reed said police made that request as a precaution because of the reported weapon.

When Reed, Officer Harry Patterson III of the Stockton Springs Police Department, and another officer arrived at the driveway, Damon told them that he had fired a warning shot, but had aimed at the woods and not at the vehicle. That is still illegal, Reed said.

“You can’t just fire a warning shot,” he said.

Damon, who was cooperative with police, turned over the .32 caliber handgun.

He was charged with reckless conduct with a firearm and criminal threatening, with bail set at $5,000 cash or $50,000 surety.

Damon was unable to make bail and was transferred from Waldo County Jail in Belfast to Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset, Reed said.

Patterson will be the lead investigator on the case.

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