June 23, 2018
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Grocery store locked down during police search for ‘out of control’ man who pointed bow at Route 3 traffic

By Abigail Curtis, BDN Staff

CHINA, Maine — The man who allegedly pointed a compound bow at people driving on Route 3 Wednesday morning and caused a grocery store to be put on lockdown was taken to an Augusta hospital for a mental health evaluation, police said.

“It was an obvious mental health issue,” Lt. Jason Trundy of the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office said later that afternoon. “There won’t be any criminal charges.”

The 36-year-old man from the Kennebec County town of China did not have any arrows for his bow, Trundy said. The man also threw a gun onto his neighbor’s property, but the gun was secured in a box and he did not threaten anybody with the firearm, police said.

Law enforcement agents from the Maine State Police, the sheriff’s office and the Maine Warden Service were busy beginning at about 9:30 a.m., after several people made 911 calls to report that a man with a hunting bow appeared to be out of control.

“We didn’t know exactly what we had at first,” Trundy said. “We had a lot of people responding until we got it figured out.”

Officers put Tobey’s Grocery in South China on lockdown for about half an hour until about 10:30, when the man was located at a home near the U.S. Post Office in Palermo and taken to MaineGeneral Hospital for evaluation.

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