ELLSWORTH – Friday afternoon, police defused a potentially volatile situation quickly and peacefully.
Now, one man is in jail after nearly two dozen armed cops surrounded a house on the Gameston Park Way.
The first tip came in Thursday night. The second tip that a wanted fugitive was in Ellsworth came mid-day Friday.
“From an undercover Maine drug enforcement agent, who believed he saw Mr. Palmer enter a house of Gameston Park Way,” said Sgt. Glenn Moshier of the Ellsworth Police Department.
The man they were seeking – 27-year-old Shane Palmer – was wanted on charges of violating probation. He was on probation for elevated aggravated assault. In that incident in southern Maine, Palmer stabbed his victim in the eye.
“Which is certainly a pretty heinous crime. And also he had a history of being combative with law enforcement. So, all that considered we weren’t taking any chances,” said Moshier.
It was right around two in the afternoon Friday when nearly two dozen law officers prepared to surround the house where Palmer was believed be on the premises.
“So we were preparing to set up for possibly a barricaded suspect or to go into the residence. But fortunately for everyone involved the male gave up and came out. He had no weapons and was taken into custody peacefully,” Moshier said during an interview following Palmer’s arrrest.
Traffic on Route 230 was diverted for a few hours, until police apprehended Palmer.
And Moshier said, this situation ended just the way they prefer them to end, with nobody getting hurt.