WISCASSET, Maine — A 35-year-old Wiscasset man held local and state police at bay overnight Friday until police deployed a chemical agent, prompting the man to leave his apartment.
Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies went to 3 Heritage Lane in Wiscasset just after 12:30 a.m. Saturday after receiving a report of an unwanted subject, later identified as Matthew Plummer.
Deputies interviewed Plummer’s girlfriend, who said she fled his apartment after he allegedly attempted to strangle her and threatened her with a knife, according to a release from Chief Deputy Rand maker.
After Plummer allegedly refused to leave his apartment to speak with deputies, and based on a criminal history “and past violent involvements with law enforcement,” deputies and the Maine State Police tactical and crisis negotiation teams evacuated all residents of the apartment building.
In the meantime, a deputy obtained a search warrant for Plummer’s apartment. The warrant also charged him with Class C felony domestic violence criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon and misdemeanor domestic violence assault.
When state police arrived, they continued to attempt to negotiate with Plummer by phone and loudspeaker. Plummer finally exited the apartment after police deployed a chemical agent inside the apartment, Maker said.
Additional information about Plummer’s criminal history and the chemical agent were not immediately available.
Plummer allegedly continued to actively resist arrest once outside the apartment, prompting state police to release a police dog, which bit his hand.
He was taken to Lincoln Health Miles Campus for treatment, and then to Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset. He was expected to appear before a judge Monday.
The Sagadahoc County Sheriff’s Office and Wiscasset Fire Department also assisted at the scene.
If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence and would like to talk with an advocate, call 866-834-4357, TRS 800-787-3224. This free, confidential service is available 24/7 and is accessible from anywhere in Maine.