A Winthrop man is behind bars after a state police negotiator talked him out of his house early Sunday morning following an incident that reportedly involved him using a firearm to threaten to kill a woman he lived with.

Joseph Finch, 44, is at the Kennebec County jail on a charge of domestic violence terrorizing and is expected to make an initial court appearance Monday in Kennebec County Superior Court.

According to Winthrop Police Capt. Ryan Frost, a family member reported that a man armed with a handgun had threatened to kill a woman in the North Wayne Road home they shared. Police were told the couple had argued.

Winthrop police responded to the report at 9:47 p.m. Saturday.

“After evaluating the scene it was determined to utilize the Maine State Police Tactical & Negotiation Team,” according to a press release from Frost. “A state police negotiator was able to communicate with the male suspect by loud speaker and eventually by phone and the male exited the home during the negotiations.”

Frost said Finch was arrested at about 1:20 a.m. Sunday “after he attempted to re-enter the home, thus ending this violent incident safely. The victim had no physical injuries.”

Police closed off a section of North Wayne during the negotiations.

Winthrop police were also assisted by Monmouth police and Winthrop Fire and Ambulance personnel.


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