May 20, 2018
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Hollis man, 50, arrested after six-hour standoff in York County

By Dawn Gagnon, BDN Staff

HOLLIS, Maine — The Maine State Police tactical team and state troopers responded Tuesday to a standoff in Hollis. Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland said in a release that Ed Hutchinson, 50, surrendered just after 11 p.m. following a six-hour standoff at his home on the New County Road.

Hutchinson was charged with reckless conduct with a firearm and criminal threatening and was taken to the York County Jail.

McCausland said police responded to the scene after Hutchinson fired a shotgun and blew out a window at his home Tuesday afternoon. His wife left the home, and Hutchinson was alone and intoxicated when the State Police Tactical Team arrived.

A state police negotiator spoke to Hutchinson, who eventually left his mobile home and surrendered, McCausland said. There were no injuries.

The tactical team callout late Tuesday afternoon was the second for the Maine State Police in the same day. The first incident the team was called to occurred in the Aroostook County town of Amity, where a 65-year-old man held state police at bay for nearly seven hours before surrendering to police.

Many members of the tactical team traveled about 280 miles from the Amity standoff to Hollis. “They’ve been from one end of the state to the other,” McCausland said.

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