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Police: 3-hour LaGrange standoff ends with officer-involved shooting

Nick Sambides Jr. | BDN
Nick Sambides Jr. | BDN
LaGrange Assistant Fire Chief Mike Bacon stops a vehicle near 5572 Bennoch Road in LaGrange on Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014. It was one of two places where firefighters or police had traffic stopped on in response to a police standoff with an armed man.
By Nick McCrea, BDN Staff

LAGRANGE, Maine — A nearly 3-hour standoff in LaGrange Sunday ended when a state police trooper shot a man somewhere along a cordoned-off stretch of Route 16, according to Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland.

The standoff ended shortly after 7 p.m., he said. Police have not yet released the man’s identity or details of what led up to the standoff.

The Attorney General’s Office has been called in to investigate, as is standard whenever a law enforcement officer is involved in a shooting.

Penobscot County Sheriff’s deputies and Maine State Police responded to a reported domestic incident around 4 p.m. involving a man with a weapon.

He refused to cooperate and threatened violence if anyone approached, Sheriff Glenn Ross said earlier during the standoff. McCausland said state police negotiators were called to the scene.

McCausland said he doesn’t know at this point whether the shooting was fatal.

Route 16, also known as Bennoch Road, was closed from the intersection with South LaGrange Road to the intersection with Route 155, roughly a 4-mile stretch, while police dealt with the standoff, according to firefighters who had the road blocked off. The road remained closed to traffic as of 9 p.m.

The road was shut down shortly after 4 p.m., according to Alton Fire Chief Mike Judkins.

Motorists should seek alternate routes. Officers also halted ATV traffic on trails in the area because they passed in close proximity to the area of the standoff.

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