LINCOLN, Maine — Lincoln police and members of the Maine State Police’s tactical team were still at the scene Monday night a standoff in the vicinity of Route 2 and Mohawk Road that began around noon, according to several Maine news outlets.
Few details had been released as of 8:30 p.m., however, Route 2 from just north of the Knights of Columbus Hall to the Sargent Materials concrete and aggregate plant remained closed.
Neighbors took the news of the standoff calmly. Fernand St. Pierre of Lincoln said he lives three or four houses from the house where the standoff was occurring. He said he only knew his neighbor vaguely.
The 80-year-old retired store owner said he was returning from lunch at about noon when he noticed that that two police cruisers had Route 2 southbound blocked at the River Road intersection. He was still waiting to go back to his house at 9 p.m., when bingo at the Knights of Columbus shut down for the night.
“They were perfect, really nice,” St. Pierre said of the officers.
The extended road closure proved inconvenient for a motorist heading north from Enfield, who chided a state trooper about having to drive “all the way back around” on Interstate 95 to pick up her son.
Meanwhile, P enobscot Valley Hospital said it was in a “lockdown” as a precaution because of its proximity to the scene. But its laboratory and emergency and imaging departments were still open and it was still allowing scheduled patients and visitors.
Jana Libbey, a hospital spokeswoman, said Monday evening that the people arriving for medical attention or visits are being screened at the door by security until the standoff was resolved.
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Bangor Daily News writer Dawn Gagnon contributed to this report.