An hours-long standoff in Millinocket ended with police finding a man dead inside a Minuteman Drive home Monday.
The standoff began Monday morning after police responded to multiple reports from residents about potential domestic violence near Minuteman Drive and Heritage Street shortly after 8 a.m., according to the East Millinocket Police Department, which covers the town of Millinocket. Witnesses reported they had seen a man brandishing a firearm.
The man then barricaded himself inside the home on Minuteman Drive while police removed a woman who was allegedly the victim of domestic violence from the area, police said.
East Millinocket officers were able to contact the man by phone, negotiating with him in an effort to end the standoff, police said. The standoff lasted several hours before the Maine State Police Tactical Team entered the home and found the man dead, police said.
Police did not say what happened to the man. However, officers did not use deadly force, according to Marc Malon, spokesperson for the Maine Attorney General’s office. The attorney general’s office is notified when police use deadly force so it can investigate.
The East Millinocket Police Department has covered the town of Millinocket since its police department disbanded last year.