June 24, 2018
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East Machias woman arrested in gun incident

By Sharon Kiley Mack, BDN Staff

EAST MACHIAS, Maine — A local woman was arrested Monday night after she reportedly fired a handgun inside her mobile home and made threats she was going to kill “everyone.”

Police were called just before 7 p.m. to the Hadley Lake Road residence of Louisa Landeen, 41.

According to Sheriff Donnie Smith, Landeen was intoxicated and had fired a handgun in the home. She also had told family members that she was “going to kill everyone,” Smith said.

Officers from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Maine State Police, Maine Warden Service and Machias Police Department converged at the home and surrounded the residence where Landeen was believed to be barricaded with several weapons. Several neighbors were evacuated from their homes for their safety. Dispatchers at the Washington County Regional Communications Center called the home several times and at one point spoke to Landeen, but she hung up the phone and disabled it.

A megaphone eventually was used to communicate with Landeen, who, after several minutes, came out of the residence. She then was taken into custody.

Game Warden Alan Curtis and his canine partner, Cruizer, who is trained in locating gunpowder residue and detecting recently fired guns, recovered the gun in the home.

Landeen was arrested on a reckless conduct charge and taken to the Washington County Jail without incident. Bail was set at $1,000 cash.

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