DIXMONT (NEWS CENTER Maine ) — A man is in custody after police say he barricaded himself inside a home causing a nearly 20-hour standoff with dozens of police officers.
61-year-old Michael Grendell is now facing charges for criminal threatening and wreckless conduct, according to court documents released by the Penobscot County District Attorney's Office.
The standoff ended with an explosion, that police say they had no choice but to use.
"You know our hand was forced in some ways from Grendall's continuing to engage in shooting from his residence. At a certain point we needed to take steps to protect our officers and neighbors." Cpl. John Cote, of Maine State Police said. "He was at first armed with a baseball bat which he relinquished but picked up a firearm -- ignoring commands not to do so. At that time Grendell was shot."
Grendell was taken by life flight to a Bangor hospital and is currently in critical condition.