*UPDATE* 11/13 7:10 p.m. – Lewiston police have arrested 37-year-old Scott A. Estes. The firearm believed to have been stolen was also recovered, police said. All roadways are open and people have been allowed back into their homes.
Estes was taken to Androscoggin County Jail and is charged with Class B theft by unauthorized taking of firearm; Class C criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon; Class C possession of a firearm by a prohibited person; and probation revocation, a pre-existing warrant. Police said more charges are possible.
*UPDATE* 11/13 6:15 p.m. – The suspect was taken into custody around 6 p.m. and no one was hurt.
Maine State Police's tactical team talked him out of the apartment building using a loudspeaker.
Lt. St. Pierre told NEWS CENTER they had been concerned the suspect might be around the neighborhood with a gun, so they ordered both schools into lockdown.
It wasn't immediately clear whether there would be any charges.
LEWISTON, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — A street corner in Lewiston is filled with police officers, school children and nearby residents as police try to persuade a man with a gun to come out of an apartment.
According to Lt. Dave St. Pierre, the man is suspected of stealing a firearm from another residence "on the outskirts of the city" earlier Monday, but at this point has not threatened anyone. They are just trying to get a hold of him and he has refused any negotiation.
Police said there were two other people at 287 Bates St. who were cleared from the building. The rest of the building was also evacuated, as were some nearby. Surrounding streets were also cleared.
Lewiston High School and Martel Elementary School, both less than a half-mile away from the scene, entered lockdown procedures for about 1½ hours. Those measures were lifted around 1:30 p.m.
Officers and detectives are on scene investigating. This is a developing story.