Police Standoff in Fort Kent Ends Peacefully
A four-hour police standoff at a home in Fort Kent Friday evening ended with the arrest of a 60-year-old man.
The Fort Kent Police Department received a 911 call around 5 p.m. from a woman at her residence saying she feared for her life, according to Police Chief Tom Pelletier.
The woman's estranged boyfriend had allegedly shown up at the home on the Aroostook Road and forced his way inside. The victim managed to escape the residence unharmed and called police.
Fort Kent Police, Aroostook County Sheriff’s Deputies and Maine State Police responded and secured the perimeter, blocking off traffic on Route 11.
Police said Gary Theriault of Fort Kent barricaded himself in the home and made threats during the standoff. After about four hours, police were able to convince the man to surrender and the incident ended with no one being harmed.
Theriault had recently been arrested on domestic violence charges, Chief Pelletier said. New charges are expected to be laid including violation of condition of release, terrorizing, arming himself with a weapon and creating a standoff.