Woman charged in Crouseville police standoff after being released from hospital

Posted April 12, 2013, at 3:38 p.m.
Last modified April 12, 2013, at 5 p.m.

WASHBURN, Maine — The woman who surrendered to police after last week’s standoff in Crouseville is now in custody at the Cumberland County Jail in Portland awaiting bail.

Louise Rushinal, 45, was released from a Cumberland County health facility Friday and immediately charged with domestic violence assault, criminal threatening with a firearm and creating a police standoff, according to Roy Guidry, Washburn chief of police.

Rushinal was the subject of a nine-hour standoff with members of several Maine law enforcement agencies, including the Maine State Police tactical unit, at her Flewelling Drive home just off Route 164.

According to Guidry, in the early morning hours of April 2, Rushinal allegedly assaulted her live-in boyfriend and threatened him with a firearm.

The boyfriend was able to escape to a neighbor’s house and Rushinal barricaded herself in the home with a .444 Marlin lever-action rifle with an attached scope, Guidry said.

The neighbors called 911, and members of the Washburn Police Department and Aroostook County Sheriff’s Office were first on the scene just after 1 a.m.

“Due to the nature of the weapon and for concern for the safety of the public and for the subject [and] after unsuccessfully [trying] to contact the subject, I called in the Maine State Police tactical team,” Guidry said last week.

Members of the tactical team were joined by members of the Maine State Police crisis negotiation team, troopers from the Maine State Police Houlton barracks, and Aroostook County sheriff’s deputies. Members of Crown Ambulance and the Washburn Fire Department also were on hand, Guidry said.

Close to 10 miles of state highway between Washburn and Presque Isle was blocked that morning throughout the standoff.

“After nine hours, she threw the rifle out of a window and surrendered,” Guidry said.

Rushinal immediately was taken by ambulance to The Aroostook Medical Center in Presque Isle to be treated for self-inflicted stab wounds not considered life-threatening, he said. She was subsequently transferred to the southern Maine health facility last week, according to Guidry.

The boyfriend, whom the Bangor Daily News has chosen not to identify, suffered injuries to his head and back and declined medical treatment, Guidry said.

Guidry is unsure when Rushinal will be arraigned on the felony and misdemeanor charges.

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