Waterville police: Man spotted carrying rifle across bridge wasn’t committing crime

Posted Nov. 19, 2013, at 3:10 p.m.

WATERVILLE, Maine — A man was spotted carrying what appeared to be a rifle near the Two-Cent Bridge on Monday night, but police say he wasn’t doing anything wrong.

Waterville Deputy Chief Charles Rumsey said police spoke to the man on Tuesday, and he had been walking with a single-shot, .22-caliber rifle around 5 p.m. Monday.

Rumsey said the gun was not loaded and the man was walking from his mother’s house in Winslow to his girlfriend’s residence in Waterville.

The man’s name was not disclosed since he was not charged with any crime.

Rumsey said both Winslow and Waterville police fielded complaints from people who saw the man carrying the rifle. He said the man disappeared into a wooded area near the Two-Cent bridge, and Waterville police and Kennebec County sheriff’s deputies were unable to locate him.

It was when police talked to the man Tuesday they came to the conclusion no crime was committed, but Rumsey said the man’s judgement lacked common sense.

“After talking to him we certainly have no charges for him,” Rumsey said.

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