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Caribou man surrenders after police return fire

Caribou Police Department | BDN
Caribou Police Department | BDN
Norman "Jody" Plourde

CARIBOU, Maine — Officers returned fire after a local man shot at them Thursday night, but no one was hurt before he surrendered, Caribou police reported Friday.

Norman “Jody” Plourde, 43 of Caribou dialed 911 at about 11:30 p.m. on Jan. 7 and threatened to shoot Caribou police officers, according to a news release issued Friday by Caribou Police Chief Michael Gahagan.

After the call was traced back to a Liberty Street residence, police found Plourde outside armed with a handgun. During a standoff that lasted about 20 minutes, police tried to talk Plourde into dropping the weapon, according to Gahagan.

“Plourde shot multiple rounds, some at police, before he was shot at and eventually surrendered,” the release states.

Despite the gunfire, neither Plourde nor any officers were injured.

Plourde was taken by police to Cary Medical Center for a physical evaluation before being taken to the Caribou Police Jail on charges of Class C criminal threatening with a firearm, Class B aggravated reckless conduct and Class E discharging a firearm near a dwelling. The most serious Class B charge is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.

He remained at the jail Friday, with bail set at $50,000 cash.

No court date had been determined yet.

Gahagan said the shooting was being investigated by the state Attorney General’s Office.

Police indicated that alcohol played a major role in Thursday’s altercation. Administrative Assistant Laura Adams of the Caribou Police Department said Friday that officers had not had any run-ins with Plourde for at least five years, but that alcohol was also involved in their last encounter.

Members of the Maine State Police and Caribou Fire and Ambulance Department assisted Caribou police at the scene on Thursday.

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