Three people in custody after New Gloucester standoff

Police closed Winsaw Road at North Pownal Road in New Gloucester on Thursday during a standoff.
Amber Waterman | Sun Journal
Police closed Winsaw Road at North Pownal Road in New Gloucester on Thursday during a standoff.
Posted May 30, 2013, at 2:46 p.m.
Last modified May 30, 2013, at 6:55 p.m.

NEW GLOUCESTER, Maine — A seven-hour standoff at 23 Winsaw Road has ended, with three people now in custody.

The incident started about 9 a.m.

According to neighbors and other witnesses, police went to the home Thursday morning to serve a warrant and “it didn’t go well,” according to one neighbor.

Just after 2:15 p.m., the Cumberland County Tactical Team started making its way to the home and just before 2:30 p.m. police were said to have two people in custody.

A third person remained inside the home and was removed shortly after 4 p.m.

Winsaw Road, a dead-end road off North Pownal Road in New Gloucester, was closed and many members of the Cumberland County Sheriff”s Department as well as ambulance personnel and members of the Windham Police Department were said to be at the scene.

No information about the incident was being released, but an official at the corner of Winsaw and North Pownal roads confirmed that an incident occurred about 9 a.m. when an official went to the trailer at 23 Winsaw Road to serve a warrant.

According to witnesses, the warrant was being served on an adult son of the homeowner.

An area behind the New Gloucester Community Building appeared to be in use as a command center as police and emergency personnel could be seen gathering there throughout the day.

Parents of children going to New Gloucester schools were notified about noon by Superintendent Bruce Beasley that an incident was occurring in town, but that the incident was in no way endangering the children and that no additional precautions were being taken.

According to town tax maps, the trailer at 23 Winsaw Road is owned by Florence Gilman.

More information will be posted as it becomes available.

Sun Journal freelance writer Ellie Fellers contributed to this report.

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