New Portland woman facing weapons charge after firing gun at deputy

Bonnie Tanguay
Somerset County Jail
Bonnie Tanguay
Posted March 12, 2014, at 1:36 p.m.
Last modified March 12, 2014, at 3:52 p.m.

NEW PORTLAND, Maine — A woman who fired a weapon in the direction of a sheriff’s deputy is facing a felony charge after her arrest Tuesday night, police said.

Bonnie Tanguay, 34, had called 911 around 11 p.m. for an undisclosed reason from her New Portland residence, according to Chief Deputy Dale Lancaster of the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office.

Tanguay previously resided in Jefferson, N.H., but had been living at the Cole Grove Road residence, according to Lancaster.

“She was extremely vague when she called 911,” Lancaster said.

Deputy David Cole responded and arrived to a dark house, according to Lancaster. Upon exiting his cruiser, Tanguay appeared in the home’s front entrance and discharged a 9 mm handgun in Cole’s direction.

Tanguay subsequently retreated inside as Cole took cover and radioed for backup, the chief deputy said. A short time later, Tanguay re-emerged with the weapon still in hand, but the deputy managed to tackle her and get her in custody.

Tanguay was charged with reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon and brought to Somerset County Jail.

The case is currently under investigation, and Lancaster said police believe mental health issues were a factor in the incident. Cole was not injured, and the case will be presented to the district attorney’s office for review.

Tanguay remained in county lockup Wednesday.

 

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