Jefferson man charged in armed standoff

Posted May 14, 2013, at 2:26 p.m.

JEFFERSON, Maine — A 34-year-old Jefferson man was arrested Monday afternoon after allegedly confronting a road crew while intoxicated, wielding a gun and holding police at bay for 45 minutes from his home.

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an armed, intoxicated man confronting a road crew on Goose Hill Road in Jefferson, placing them “in imminent fear of bodily injury,” Lieutenant Rand Maker said Tuesday. When the deputies arrived, they found John Burbank holed up inside his home and refusing to leave.

Officers from the Maine Warden Service and Maine Drug Enforcement Agency for 45 minutes surrounded Burbank’s home and tried to convince him to leave his residence. He was taken into custody and later charged with threatening with a dangerous weapon and creating a police standoff.

Deputies who searched Burbank’s home after the incident found “numerous” weapons including a 9 mm semiautomatic handgun, which “appears to be the weapon Mr. Burbank was wearing when he confronted the road crew working on the public way,” police reported.

“The fact that he was armed, the fact that he was intoxicated, his actions and his words placed people in reasonable fear,” Maker said.

Burbank remained in Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset Tuesday morning on $2,500 cash bail pending arraignment later this week.

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