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Police: Suspect in Palermo domestic assault pulled gun on officers

Waldo County Sheriff's Office | BDN
Waldo County Sheriff's Office | BDN
Chris Gidney

PALERMO, Maine — A local man accused of domestic violence assault over the weekend allegedly pulled out a handgun and pointed it at the deputies who were trying to restrain him, according to Waldo County Sheriff Jeff Trafton.

Chris Gidney, 43, of Palermo came to police attention at 8 p.m. Friday, June 3, when multiple people called 911 to report an ongoing domestic disturbance at a home on the Jones Road, Trafton wrote in a news release issued Tuesday morning.

Deputies Greg Jones, Jonathan Shaw and Chris Dyer responded, and when they arrived at the scene they determined Gidney had physically assaulted and threatened his domestic partner, according to the release. The woman, who suffered minor injuries, was treated at the scene by a crew from Delta Ambulance of Waterville.

As deputies informed Gidney he was under arrest, he quickly moved into a vehicle parked in the driveway. When police attempted to restrain him, Gidney kicked one of the deputies, pulled a handgun from under the vehicle seat and pointed it toward the officers, the sheriff said in the release.

“Deputies took cover, and Mr. Gidney ran into a wooded area near the home,” Trafton wrote. “Deputies secured the individuals at the home and requested additional units for backup.”

The sheriff and Detective Dale Brown responded to the scene, along with several members of the Maine State Police. After reinforcements arrived, officers quickly found Gidney, who was placed under arrest without further incident.

Gidney was charged with domestic violence assault, domestic violence terrorizing, criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon, assault and refusing to submit to arrest or detention.


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