Levant man arrested after domestic violence incident leads to standoff

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LEVANT — A domestic violence call in Levant ended with the arrest of a local man after an extended standoff with law enforcement on April 24.

Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded around 10 a.m. to a report of an assault on South Levant Road.

According to Sheriff Troy Morton, deputies arrived to assist a female victim and safely removed her from the scene, but the male suspect was uncooperative.

During the standoff, the suspect, identified as 34-year-old Nicholas Bennett of Levant, fired several shots from within the residence.

Although the nearby Levant Elementary School was in proximity to the incident, authorities confirmed that it was not involved and there was no immediate danger to anyone at the school.

The Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team and the Maine State Police tactical team worked together to manage the situation.

After initial attempts to persuade Bennett to surrender were unsuccessful, law enforcement officials made a coordinated approach that eventually led to his arrest.

Bennett was taken into custody without sustaining any injuries and was transported to the Penobscot County Jail.

He faces charges of domestic assault, and authorities have indicated that additional charges are forthcoming.

No other injuries to officers or citizens were reported as a result of the incident.

Anyone with further information is encouraged to contact the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office at 207-947-4585.

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