May 21, 2019
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Man shot by Westbrook police faces slew of domestic violence charges

WESTBROOK, Maine — Police say a Westbrook man shot by an officer during an armed confrontation Saturday morning is being charged with kidnapping and other offenses related to events that occurred during the early morning hours before police were called.

Sean Grossman, 26, was shot by Officer Benjamin Hall while the suspect was in a physical confrontation with Detective Daniel Violette, according to a news release from Westbrook police Chief Janine Roberts. Grossman was armed with a handgun, the chief said.

Grossman suffered an injury to his face that was not considered life-threatening, according to the release.

The shooting occurred after police responded to a report of a man with a gun threatening suicide.

The chief said Grossman has been charged with kidnapping, domestic violence assault, domestic violence criminal threatening, domestic violence terrorizing, criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon, and violating a condition of release from a previous operating under the influence charge out of Windham.

All those charges are related to incidents Grossman was involved in from 1:30 to 5:30 a.m. Saturday before police were called to 108 Longfellow St. in Westbrook. The department also is investigating whether he should be charged with criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon for his actions during the altercation with the officers, the chief said.

The residence on Longfellow Street is a three-unit apartment complex, according to town tax records.

The Maine attorney general’s office is investigating the incident, which is standard practice when an officer shoots someone.

Westbrook police have had contact with Grossman in previous years. He was convicted in 2011 of criminal use of a disabling chemical and assault, disorderly conduct in 2010 and theft in 2008, according to the news release.

Grossman was taken to Maine Medical Center in Portland, where he is being treated for his injury.

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