Person dead after shootout with Border Patrol agents identified as 75-year-old man

Posted June 25, 2012, at 5:27 p.m.

JACKMAN, Maine — The Maine attorney general’s office on Monday released the name of the man who died Saturday night after an exchange of gunfire with U.S. Border Patrol agents who were responding to a 911 call.

Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Margaret Greenwald determined that Charles Robinson, 75, died of a gunshot wound to the chest, according to Maine attorney general’s office spokeswoman Martha Demeritt.

About 7:30 p.m. Saturday, two U.S. Border Patrol agents with U.S. Customs and Border Protection responded to an emergency call from a woman being assaulted in a domestic dispute, said David Astle, assistant chief patrol agent for U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

“Late Saturday night there was a 911 call of a domestic situation on Long Pond Road in Jackman. The female caller was in a verbal argument with her partner, Charles Robinson,” said Demeritt. “She said there was a need for an ambulance because he was highly intoxicated and had fallen.

“Mr. Robinson had reportedly threatened to kill the female if she called 911,” continued Demeritt. “The phone was disabled while she was on the phone with 911.”

The closest law enforcement agency was U.S. Customs and Border Protection in Jackman, which was three miles from the residence, said Demeritt.

“We normally assist state, local and county law enforcement agencies when they request or need it,” said Astle.

“Two Border Patrol agents responded to the call, and when they arrived, they were met with gunfire,” said Demeritt, adding that one agent was shot. “They returned gunfire.”

One of the agents suffered wounds from shotgun pellets. He was treated and then released from Jackman Region Health Center. Demeritt said it’s protocol not to release names of federal agents.

After returning gunfire, the agents retreated outside the residence, set up a perimeter and called for a Maine State Police Tactical Team, said Astle. After unsuccessful attempts to contact Robinson, officers “entered the residence and found him deceased from apparent gunshot wounds,” said Demeritt.

Demeritt said the attorney general’s office had no further information on the incident and wouldn’t have any more until it completes its investigation.

Acting Somerset County District Attorney Alan Kelley said Robinson pleaded guilty on March 14 in Skowhegan District Court to a disorderly conduct charge. He served 12 hours in jail, he said.

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