South Portland police take man into custody after standoff, witnesses say

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June 18 – SOUTH PORTLAND – Law enforcement officers arrested an unnamed man Friday night after a standoff lasting more than two and a half hours on Briarwood Road in South Portland.

More than 20 officers – including a SWAT team – posted outside 53 Briarwood Road around 6.10pm on Friday, neighbors said. Police told road residents to stay inside their homes, although they said they heard an officer order the man inside to leave the building with his arms raised.

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Neighbors said they also heard officers fire 12 shots towards the house – which they said looked like non-lethal bullets or other projectiles – in about an hour, and that the snipers had the viewfinder pointed at the house. A neighbor had taken a photo of a man wearing a blue hoodie taken into custody as he left the house at 8.44pm.

The house had been the scene of multiple disturbances requiring police intervention in the past, neighbors said.

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