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Man who caused July 4 standoff in Bangor charged in federal court with gun violation

Bangor Police Department | BDN
Bangor Police Department | BDN
Perrin Oliver
By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — The man who allegedly created a standoff downtown on the Fourth of July has been charged with violating federal gun laws.

Perrin Q. Oliver, 44, of Bangor was charged Friday in U.S. District Court with being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

Oliver was prohibited from having guns due to a 2008 conviction in Brooklyn, N.Y., for criminal possession of a weapon, a felony in that state, according to an affidavit filed in U.S. District Court. He was sentenced to five years of probation for that crime.

Information about when he will make his first appearance in federal court in Bangor was not available Sunday.

Oliver has been held at the Penobscot County Jail since his arrest about 12:15 p.m. July 4 unable to post $100,000 cash bail. He was charged in state court with felony reckless conduct with a firearm and criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon, and possession of a firearm by a prohibited person. Oliver has not yet been indicted by the Penobscot County grand jury.

Oliver fired 70 rounds of ammunition inside his second-story Park Street apartment and out the window onto city streets starting about 8:30 a.m., causing an evacuation of the area and the closure of nearby roadways, Bangor police have said. Members of the Special Response Team shot tear gas into the apartment on Park Street above Luna’s Bar and Grill and arrested Oliver in the hallway as he fled, according to a previously published report.

Officers took a Rossi .38 special handgun into evidence, according to the affidavit filed Friday.

If convicted in federal court, Oliver faces up to 10 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

Oliver faces up to 10 years behind bars and a fine of up to $20,000 if convicted on the reckless conduct with a firearm charge in state court. The penalty for felony criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon is a maximum prison sentence of five years and a fine of up to $5,000.

BDN writers Nick McCrea and Nok-Noi Ricker contributed to this report.

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