May 28, 2018
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Searsmont man shot by police last fall arrested again this week

Courtesy of Waldo County Jail
Courtesy of Waldo County Jail
Leonard Maker
By Abigail Curtis, BDN Staff

SEARSMONT, Maine — A local man who was shot and injured last fall by a Maine State Police trooper trying to serve him with an out-of-state protection from abuse order has been arrested again after being charged with domestic violence terrorizing.

Leonard E. Maker, 43, of New England Road in Searsmont, came to police attention at about 12:30 a.m. Tuesday morning, according to a report at the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office. Maker’s domestic partner called 911 to report that he was intoxicated and threatening her, Lt. Jason Trundy said Thursday. The woman told police that Maker said he was going to throw her to the wall, Trundy said.

The woman had a protection order against Maker that she had obtained in Maryland, but told police that she thought it was not enforceable in Maine. It is, Trundy said, and because Maker was aware of the protection order, he also was charged with violation of a protection from abuse order.

He was arrested without incident and taken to Waldo County Jail in Belfast to be booked, Trundy said.

Last September, that was not the case. Two state troopers had been attempting to serve him with the protection order on Sept. 20 when they received information Maker was potentially suicidal or assaultive, according to a report on the use of deadly force that was issued in April by the Maine Attorney General’s Office.

The two troopers went to his late father’s home in Searsmont, where Maker was staying, and tried to get him to come outside. He wouldn’t leave the home, instead moving away from the doorway and out of sight of the troopers. Trooper James R. MacDonald forced the back door open with difficulty, learning later that it had been screwed to the frame.

“Upon forcing the door open, Trooper MacDonald was immediately confronted in a kitchen area by Mr. Maker pointing a shotgun at him,” the report read. “Trooper MacDonald described Mr. Maker as being so close that he could have touched the shotgun.”

The trooper retreated, firing four rounds from his .45-caliber handgun in Maker’s direction. One round hit Maker’s hand. Maker then pointed to his chest and told the trooper to shoot him, according to the report.

The troopers also used pepper spray in an effort to get Maker under control, and he was eventually restrained by police on the front lawn. A game warden provided medical aid until Maker could be taken to a hospital for treatment.

He was sentenced in June to two years in prison with all but 57 days suspended after pleading guilty to a charge of criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon. He also was sentenced to 30 days in jail for refusing to submit to arrest or detention. In addition, Maker, who was given credit for time served, was placed on probation for two years. His probation conditions include psychological counseling and checks to make sure he does not have firearms or other dangerous weapons.

Trundy said that he might face an additional charge of probation violation stemming from this week’s incident.


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