Clinton police safely resolve self-harm threat, seize firearms

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CLINTON — A 42-year-old man threatening self-harm was safely taken into custody on June 2 after a swift response by local law enforcement and the intervention of family members.

At approximately 5:47 p.m., the Waterville Regional Communications Center received an emergency call from Tardiff Road, where a man was reported to be threatening self-harm with a shotgun.

His wife and sister were able to disarm him before he fled into a wooded area.

Sergeant Smith, Chief Rusty Bell, and Officer Jerico Champagne from the Clinton Police Department immediately responded to the scene to search for the individual.

During the search, officers were informed that the man had been located on Flood Farm property by a member of the Flood family.

The man was taken into custody without incident and placed in Protective Custody.

Following the incident, he was transported to a local hospital for evaluation.

Officer Champagne, who is trained in Maine’s Yellow Flag Laws, completed the necessary paperwork for the seizure of the man’s firearms.

No criminal charges are pending at this time.

The Clinton Police Department was assisted by the Fairfield Police Department.

In consideration of privacy and mental health concerns, the identity of the man involved has not been released.

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