May 21, 2018
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Belfast school on alert after shots fired near student in Swanville

By Stephen Betts, BDN Staff

BELFAST, Maine — The Waldo County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a juvenile accused of shooting at another teenager Thursday night in Swanville.

The incident led to increased precautions Friday at Belfast Area High School, which is attended by the alleged victim, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office.

Deputies went to the Town House Road at about 7 p.m. Thursday in response to a call about a juvenile, who was a passenger in a car, firing multiple shots into a wooded area near where a 16-year-old was standing in front of his home, according to police. The shooter, a male juvenile, yelled death threats at the other boy, police reported.

The sheriff’s office has obtained an arrest warrant for the suspect, whom they are not naming because he is a juvenile. The youth will be charged with terrorizing with a dangerous weapon and reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon once he is located.

There have been no threats made against the school, but unspecified precautions were being taken because the victim is there, according to police. Students were being allowed to come and go and were not under lockdown, according to Sgt. Eric Kelley of the Belfast Police Department.

Sgt. James Greeley and Deputies Daniel Thompson and Kevin Littlefield, all of the sheriff’s office, responded to the Swanville complaint.

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