GARDINER — A brief police standoff on Marston Road Tuesday night ended without injury when a man surrendered after displaying a gun while threatening officers.

The man, who was not charged and not identified, was taken to the hospital for evaluation after surrendering to police.

The incident began around 11 p.m., when Gardiner Police Sgt. Todd Pilsbury and Officer Allen Alexander were asked to check on a Marston Road man.

“As the officers approached the door, the individual in question came to the door with a loaded weapon and said to the two, ‘You need to leave so no one gets hurt,'” said Gardiner Police Chief James Toman.

Pilsbury and Alexander left the property and set up a perimeter and waited for additional officers. Maine State Police Trooper Patrick Munzing and Kennebec County Sheriff Deputies Todd Chilton and Toby Pond arrived a short time later.

Sgt. David Bucknam of the Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office and Pilsbury contacted the man by phone.


“After much dialogue and rapport building, the individual agreed to come outside unarmed to meet with the sergeants,” Toman said.

The man eventually agreed to go to the hospital. The standoff was over by 12:30 a.m.

“Fortunately in this instance no one was injured, and we were able to peacefully and professionally resolve a situation that could have had a tragic ending,” Toman said.

Craig Crosby — 621-5642

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