WINTHROP, Maine — A 44-year-old man is being held in jail pending his initial court appearance early this week after police said he threatened to kill a woman with a handgun.
The incident led to about a four-hour standoff Saturday night that ended peacefully when members of the Maine State Police tactical team apprehended Joseph Finch of Winthrop when he came out of the North Wayne Road house and then tried to go back inside, according to a news release from the Winthrop Police Department.
Winthrop police received a call from a family member of the man and woman who lived together at the residence shortly before 10 p.m. Saturday. The family member allegedly said that Finch had threatened to kill the woman with the handgun.
Winthrop police requested assistance from the state police tactical and negotiation team. A state police negotiator was able to talk with Finch by loud speaker and eventually by telephone. Shortly before 1:30 a.m. Sunday, Finch came out, tried to re-enter, and was apprehended.
The woman was not physically injured, police said.
Finch was charged with felony domestic violence terrorizing because of the use of the firearm.
He was taken to the Kennebec County Jail in Augusta and is being held without bail until he makes a court appearance in Augusta District Court.
A section of North Wayne Road was closed in Winthrop and Wayne for about four-and-a-half hours.
Monmouth police and the Winthrop fire and ambulance departments also assisted at the scene.