A Palermo man was arrested Friday on charges that he assaulted a woman and then kicked a responding police officer and pointed a handgun at authorities.

Chris Gidney, 43, was charged with Class D counts of domestic violence assault, domestic violence terrorizing, refusing to submit to arrest, and assault, as well as a Class C charge of criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon, according to a news release Tuesday from Waldo County Sheriff Jeffrey C. Trafton.

Police said the Waldo County Communication Center started receiving calls about 8 p.m. Friday of a domestic disturbance and assault at a home on Jones Road in Palermo.

Deputies Greg Jones, Jonathan Shaw and Chris Dyer responded to the call, finding that Gidney had assaulted his domestic partner and had threatened her, according to the release. The woman was treated there by a Delta Ambulance crew for minor injuries.

When police told Gidney he was under arrest, he allegedly ran into a vehicle parked in the driveway and kicked one of the deputies while officers tried to retrain him. Gidney then allegedly grabbed a handgun from under the vehicle and pointed the gun at the officers.

Police took cover and Gidney ran off in the woods near the home, according to the release. Police called for backup, including Trafton, Detective Dale Brown and Maine State Police troopers.

Authorities were “able to quickly locate Mr. Gidney and he was placed under arrest without further incident,” Trafton said in the release.


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