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A Buxton man was arrested Saturday after he allegedly brandished loaded guns at police officers checking into his well-being.
Jerry Aberle, 68, was charged with criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon, refusing to submit to arrest or detention by force and refusing to sign a uniform summons and complaint, according to the Buxton Police Department.
The incident began when Aberle allegedly called dispatchers and threatened to commit suicide. Two Buxton police officers then went to his Dunnell Road home about 10:45 a.m. for a welfare check, Buxton police said.
While the officers were checking on his well-being, Aberle allegedly behaved in a threatening manner toward them and brandished two loaded guns.
Officers attempted to arrest Aberle outside his home, but he refused to cooperate and “actively fought” the officers, Buxton police said. After a short altercation, Aberle was restrained and placed under arrest.
Buxton police said that five firearms were seized after Aberle’s arrest, including at least three that were loaded — the two firearms Aberle brandished before his arrest and a handgun within his reach during the incident.
Aberle was taken to Goodall Hospital in Sanford for an evaluation before being transferred to the York County Jail in Alfred, where he was being held on $3,000 bail.
He was scheduled to make an initial court appearance in August.
To reach a suicide prevention hotline, call 888-568-1112 or 800-273-TALK (8255), or visit www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org.