SKOWHEGAN – A man staying at a homeless shelter in Skowhegan is accused of threatening to shoot the pastor who runs it.
“The Trinity Homeless Shelter in Skowhegan helps people in need.” Pastor Richard Berry, runs shelter “So many families get their lives together because we’re there.”
But Pastor Berry says for this man – Raymond Lewis – the stress and frustrations of homelessness got the best of him. He was staying here with his wife and child. “He would have to leave the property at that particular time and he didn’t take it too well I guess.” Lewis left with another man staying at the shelter. “And he come back he told the other guy on the way back that he was going to shoot me.”
Pastor berry had already called police and deputies were already there. They searched his car.
Chief Ted Blais, Skowhegan PD “And in his glove compartment he had a 45 caliber handgun”
Pastor Berry says he felt safe once police had the gun and ammunition. “So it wasn’t like I felt like somebody was going to shoot me on the spot or something like that, no.”
But this incident does concern Police Chief Ted Blais. “Well at any given time there’s anywhere from 60-100 people at the shelter and to have one staying there who has his own vehicle with a firearm in the vehicle just out in the parking lot, that’s upsetting”
Pastor Berry says Lewis will not be allowed back at the shelter.
He wants people can focus on the good the shelter does. “We have hundreds of stories of positive and we’ve had like four of these in six years.”
Lewis pleaded guilty to terrorizing and was sentenced to 30 days in jail and then one year probation.