LINCOLN, Maine — A town man agitated over the theft of his baseball card collection allegedly shot at his girlfriend twice with a 20-gauge shotgun before officers arrested him on Monday, police said Tuesday.
Ronald Burrell, 70, was charged late Monday with aggravated reckless conduct, domestic criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon and domestic assault, Sgt. Glenn Graef said.
Graef called the shooting an isolated incident that Officers Brandi Alton and Vern McMoarn handled very well.
“It could have turned into a standoff or worse,” Graef said Tuesday.
Alton and McMoarn received a radio message from a Penobscot Regional Communications Center dispatcher at about 9 p.m. reporting shots fired at a West Broadway address, Graef said.
The officers parked their patrol cars on Lindsay Street and headed toward the house. They heard a gunshot and saw a man with a shotgun walking from the garage into the house and a woman outside the house, crying, Graef said.
The officers drew their weapons as the man came out of the house without the shotgun. The officers ordered the man to the ground, cuffed him for their own safety and identified him as Burrell, Graef said.
The 43-year-old woman, who was Burrell’s girlfriend, told the officers that Burrell was upset because his baseball cards were stolen a few weeks before. She said that he threatened her and fired the shotgun twice inside their home — once into a wall, and into a ceiling, Graef said.
“She was scared for her life,” Graef said.
She telephoned the suspect’s brother, who immediately called 911, Graef said.
The officers said Burrell admitted shooting the shotgun and threatening his girlfriend. They took him to Penobscot Valley Hospital of Lincoln for evaluation and charged him once he was cleared by doctors, Graef said.
The officers also took the shotgun and several shells as evidence, Graef said.
Burrell was being held late Tuesday without bail at the Penobscot County Jail and will appear at Bangor Judicial Center on Wednesday, a jail worker said.
The charges are Burrell’s first, Graef said.
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