December 5, 2012

Armed standoff at Lewiston motel ends peacefully

City officers and state police surrounded and evacuated the motel and closed the road to traffic until the suspect gave himself up.

The Associated Press

LEWISTON — A six-hour standoff with an armed man inside a Lewiston motel has ended peacefully.

Police arrested Jeff Sewell at about 1 a.m. Wednesday and charged him with criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon and causing a police standoff.

Police responded to the Morning Star Inn at about 7 p.m. Tuesday following a dispute between Sewell and another man.

That other man, Richard Lamothe, said he notified motel management when Sewell loaded a gun. Lamothe said Sewell appeared intoxicated.

City officers as well as state police surrounded and evacuated the motel and closed the road to traffic as Sewell barricaded himself inside a room.

Sewell eventually gave himself up and was taken to the Androscoggin County Jail.

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