AUGUSTA — A Randolph man is free on bail after he was indicted on charges alleging that he shot a man in the leg outside an Augusta bar early earlier this year.

The man, Jacob L. Pouliot, 21, was arrested 12:15 a.m. Tuesday on a warrant. The indictment, charging him with elevated aggravated assault and reckless conduct, was sealed until the arrest and was handed up by a grand jury Dec. 1.

An indictment is not a determination of guilt, but means the jury has found there is enough evidence to proceed with formal charges and a trial in superior court.

Augusta police investigated the case, in which a 50-year-old Augusta man was wounded after shots were fired outside the Bridge Street Tavern on April 3.

The victim was treated at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston and released the next day.

Augusta Police Sgt. Christopher Shaw said earlier that police were called after an altercation began inside the tavern and people spilled out into the street, where others had gathered. Multiple shots reportedly were fired into the air, and one struck the victim in the thigh, he said.

Pouliot is free on $10,000 cash bail with conditions that ban him from contact with the victim and with six other people who were at the scene.

“Obviously we’re dealing with some serious allegations here,” said Walter McKee, the attorney representing Pouliot. “We look forward to seeing what took nine months to get this case to grand jury.”

Pouliot is scheduled to be arraigned on the charges on Dec. 27 in Kennebec County Superior Court.

A conviction on an elevated aggravated assault charges carries a maximum prison term of 30 years.

Betty Adams — 621-5631

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