Man surrenders to police following daylong standoff in Amity

Posted Oct. 22, 2013, at 11:23 a.m.
Last modified Oct. 22, 2013, at 5 p.m.

AMITY, Maine — A Maine State Police tactical team spent nearly seven hours in rural Amity Tuesday before a 65-year-old man surrendered to police and ended his daylong standoff.

Gary Knapp was charged with criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon just after 3 p.m, when he walked out of his remote camp site and submitted to police custody.

Knapp walked out of the woods unarmed after state police negotiators convinced him by public address system to end the standoff peacefully, according to Stephen McCausland, spokesperson for the Department of Public Safety. His camper was located deep in the woods.

McCausland said that Knapp allegedly threatened his brother with a rifle at an adjacent cabin on Monday night.

Knapp has been taken to the Aroostook County Jail in Houlton.

Members of the state police tactical team and negotiators traveled to Amity to join troopers, who had been called to the site Tuesday morning. A rifle was recovered from the camper site in the woods.

The tactical team was joined by members of the Maine Warden Service and the Houlton Ambulance Department.

Monument Road was blocked off to traffic throughout the day as police cruisers, unmarked police cars and other vehicles lined the road.

Kim Pinette, who was babysitting for a friend in a home in Amity when she heard “a whole bunch” of police cars go by on Tuesday morning, said that she instantly got a sinking feeling.

“I knew that there were too many cars for them to be just responding to a simple car accident or something,” she said.

A resident of the Monument Road, who asked not to be named, said that she was told by a police officer Tuesday morning that a “situation” had developed and if they left their residence on Monument Road, they could not return until police gave them permission.

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