May 24, 2019
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Belfast man reportedly threatened girlfriend with gun

Shawn Gantnier

BELFAST, Maine — A local man is facing a slew of criminal charges after allegedly pointing a gun at his estranged girlfriend over the weekend and threatening to kill her.

Shawn Gantnier, 27, and the woman evidently had separated, but he was still staying at their Tufts Road residence, according to Detective Sgt. Bryan Cunningham of the Belfast Police Department. Very early Sunday morning, Gantnier reportedly had been drinking and grew upset with the woman.

“He ended up punching her a couple of times with closed fists,” Cunningham said.

Then Gantnier picked up a gun, pointed it at her and threatened to kill her, the woman later told police. She was able to escape the home, get in her car and drive to a 24-hour convenience store, Cunningham said, but her 2-year-old was still in the home with Gantnier.

The woman called police, who went to the residence, where the child was unharmed and where Gantnier was taken into custody without incident. He was arrested and charged with criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon, domestic violence assault, domestic violence terrorizing and endangering the welfare of a child. He was taken to Waldo County Jail to be booked and remained in police custody on Monday, Cunningham said.

His first court appearance is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Feb. 19, 2016, at Belfast District Court.


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