June 25, 2018
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Waterville man arrested after pointing shotgun at trio during argument, police say

By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff

WATERVILLE, Maine — A local man is facing a felony charge after police say he pointed a shotgun at three people during a confrontation early Wednesday.

Jacob Higgins, 23, is facing a charge of criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon, according to Waterville Deputy Chief Charles Rumsey.

The trouble started just after 12:30 Wednesday morning when Higgins approached two men and a woman walking on Autumn Street and got into a heated argument with one man Rumsey said Higgins “claims to have ongoing disputes with.”

Higgins went back to his Sherwin Street apartment and emerged with a loaded 12-gauge shotgun, which he pointed at all three members of the group, Rumsey said.

Higgins continued to yell and scream at the group and tried to chase them down when they attempted to flee, according to Rumsey. He eventually gave up and returned to his apartment, where he put the gun away.

When police arrived on the scene the man who Higgins allegedly has issues with had fled, Rumsey said, so police never able to identify him. While the second man did not want to press charges, the female did.

“She was cooperative with us and gave us a statement,” Rumsey said.

Police went to Higgins’ apartment, and when a search turned up the shotgun he was arrested and booked on the Class C felony charge. He was later released on bail.

Nobody was hurt in the incident.

“When you’re introducing a loaded firearm into a loaded dispute like that horrible things can happen,” Rumsey said.

Higgins is due in court Aug. 14.

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