April 21, 2018
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Somerset County deputy gets commendation for role in disarming suspect who shot at him

Somerset Sheriff's Office | BDN
Somerset Sheriff's Office | BDN
Somerset County Sheriff's Deputy David Cole (right) receives a commendation from Chief Deputy Dale Lancaster for his role in apprehending a New Portland woman who fired a weapon at him.
By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff

MADISON, Maine — A Somerset County sheriff’s deputy was awarded a commendation on Wednesday for his role in disarming a New Portland woman in an incident earlier this spring.

Deputy David Cole was presented with a Letter of Commendation for Bravery during a deputies’ training, according to Chief Deputy Dale Lancaster.

Cole was dispatched to a New Portland residence on March 11, when a woman had called 911 for unknown reasons, according to Lancaster.

When Cole arrived, the woman opened a front door and fired a handgun in Cole’s direction. The deputy was caught in the open but was not hit.

Cole was able to make physical contact with the shooter and take her into custody without any more shots being fired, according to Lancaster.

“Deputy Cole was able to resolve this volatile situation without loss of life,” Lancaster said. “Deputy Cole’s quick reaction and professionalism is a testament to his training and courage.”

Bonnie Tanguay, 34, was charged with reckless conduct with a firearm in the incident.


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