ORRINGTON – A man is dead after a police standoff at a home in Orrington.
Maine State Police said 54-year-old Mark Ellis of Orrington died as a result of an officer involved shooting round 2 a.m. Wednesday morning.
This marks the 10th officer involved shooting in Maine this year.
Loud bangs were heard coming from the area around 1 a.m. and just before midnight, authorities could be heard trying to convince the man to come outside and that no one would hurt him.
The standoff started around around 1:30 Tuesday afternoon and lasted more than 12 hours.
“Penobscot County Regional Dispatch received a call from a gentlemen threatening law enforcement and asked that law enforcement respond to his house,” says Penobscot County Sheriff Troy Morton. “He made threats totally toward law enforcement and no other folks.”
Police also say Ellis was armed and barricaded himself inside his home on Johnson Mill Road.
Authorities put a nearby school on lock-down and evacuated some homes just to be safe, before setting up a perimeter and bringing in a state police tactical team Tuesday.
They say numerous unsuccessful attempts were made to contact Ellis during the standoff.
Three member of the State Police Tactical Team were involved in the shooting.
They will be place on administrative leave during the investigation which is standard practice.
Police say residents were expected to return to their homes Wednesday morning after the announcing the man had been shot and killed.
The Attorney General’s Office will continue to investigate.