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BANGOR, Maine — Bangor police said they discovered the body of an adult male in a Bolling Drive home late Tuesday afternoon after responding hours earlier to a report of a man with a gun involved in a domestic dispute with his wife.
Police and the department’s Special Response Tactical Team were dispatched about 2 p.m. to 49 Bolling Drive, from which “a woman and her son reportedly fled when the woman’s husband brandished a gun during a domestic disturbance,” police Sgt. Paul Edwards said. “When the woman and son left the residence they reportedly heard what sounded like a gunshot.”
A police mobile robotic unit was seen approaching the front door of the residence around 3 p.m. as police were evacuating people from neighboring homes. The robot appeared to fire off two projectiles — the first at 4:15 p.m. — through the windows of the home. After the first one apparently went into an upstairs bathroom, another was shot through a window into an adjoining room upstairs. Edwards wouldn’t confirm or deny whether the projectiles carried tear gas.
Just before 4:30 p.m., police entered the residence.
At approximately 4:40 p.m., the Bangor Police Department’s Special Response Team and Bomb Team cleared the residence and found an adult male deceased on the second floor, police said.
The case was deemed an unattended death and turned over to the Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division. The identity of the deceased man is being withheld until confirmation is made by the state medical examiner’s office and next of kin can be notified, Edwards said.
Police cleared the scene shortly before 5 p.m.
At midafternoon, Bangor School Superintendent Betsy Webb had informed parents through IRIS — the Immediate Response Information System — that Bolling Drive was blocked off.
She said students who attend Fairmount School and Downeast School were being kept at those locations and that those who attend the James F. Doughty School would be at the Community Center on Davis Road.
“We will keep children with us until parents can pick them up or until we can safely drop them off,” Webb said.
Meanwhile, school buses were detoured away from Bolling Drive and the students on those buses were dropped off to parents at a different location, Edwards said.
A family living one apartment building away from the domestic disturbance scene chose to leave despite not being forced to evacuate.
“We’re pretty much out of any line of fire, but we’re leaving because we don’t want to be holed up and we can’t drive our cars out,” said the husband, who left with his wife and two children on foot. He asked not to be identified.
The couple took the two children, ages 18 months and 4 years old, to meet a friend who was giving them a ride to go pick up their third child, age 6, from school.
“Honestly, this isn’t the first time I’ve seen cops around here,” said the man. “Cops are pretty much part of the environment and background in this neighborhood.”
A dozen police cars plus the department’s Emergency Services, Mobile Investigation and bomb squad units were dispatched to the scene after the first report came in.