Baileyville chief assaulted serving man protection order

Posted Nov. 18, 2009, at 7:17 p.m.

BAILEYVILLE, Maine — A local man was arrested Wednesday in connection with an assault on Baileyville Police Chief Phil Harriman.

David Troy, 49, was charged with assault on an officer after an altercation just before 10 a.m. Wednesday as Harriman attempted to serve Troy with a protection from harassment order.

According to Washington County Sheriff’s Deputy Shawn Donahue, Harriman went to Troy’s home on Main Street in Baileyville to serve the protection order, which was filed on behalf of a local organization. Donahue did not know what organization had obtained the order.

When the assault began, Harriman called for assistance. Officers from the Maine State Police, Calais and Indian Township police departments, the U.S. Border Patrol and Washington County Sheriff’s Department, as well as security officers at the Domtar mill assisted.

Donahue arrested Troy at the scene.

During the altercation, Harriman suffered a large laceration on his face. He was treated for his injuries at Calais Regional Hospital and later released.

Troy was taken to Washington County Jail in Machias.

Deputy Donahue is conducting the investigation since it is normal protocol for an outside agency to investigate all incidents where a police officer is the victim.

Donahue is a former Baileyville police officer.

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