Oxford County Deputies Arrest West Paris Man After Standoff
A standoff in the woods of Oxford County ended peacefully, despite the suspect firing several shots at officers.
Detectives were investigating 43-year-old Neil Lanteigne for Criminal Trespassing and Criminal Threatening with a Firearm when they learned that he is a convicted felon. Deputies went to a West Paris home Wednesday afternoon and tried to serve him with arrest warrants for the charges.
WCSH-TV reports Lantiegne alleged fired several shots at Oxford area police and then fled on a snowmobile. Deputies called in Maine State Police Troopers, to help pursue the man who eventually got off the sled and took off into the woods on snowshoes, armed with a rifle and handgun. Officials say police didn't fire any shots during the subsequent four hour standoff in the woods.
Lanteigne was eventually taken into custody and charged with two counts of Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person and one count of Criminal Trespassing. Police say more charges are likely.
Even as this incident was going on, the Oxford County Sheriff's Office was dealing with another standoff in Waterford that resulted in the arrest of a local woman.