Standoff arrest caps busy day for local law enforcement

ELLSWORTH — The Hancock County Sheriff’s Office arrested a young Lamoine man who allegedly fired shots from a handgun during a dispute late Tuesday morning.

Lt. Chris Thornton arrested Jonathan Develder, 19, on charges of domestic violence terrorizing and domestic violence reckless conduct.

A call came into the Hancock County Regional Communications Center at 11:39 a.m. about a man firing a gun.

The arrest occurred without incident just after 1 p.m.

“We attempted to call his cell phone, didn’t get any response,” Thornton said. “Called on the PA system on my cruiser and Develder made himself available and was very compliant and taken into custody without incident.”

“We did confiscate the handgun that was used,” as well as one other gun, Thornton said.

Develder was still incarcerated Wednesday morning.

The Lamoine arrest capped off what Thornton said was one of the busiest days in his 20 years in law enforcement.

“To say we were taxed would be a severe understatement,” Thornton said.

The call about shots fired in Lamoine came while sheriff’s deputies were still investigating a double fatal crash as well as handling two other domestic calls — all in Trenton, Thornton said.

Sheriff Scott Kane and Chief Deputy Pat Kane were at the scene of the fatalities.

Meanwhile, Deputy Luke Gross was at the hospital with the driver of the truck involved in the fatal crash.

“We sent Deputy [Dana] Austin down to find next of kin in Mount Desert,” Thornton said. “We depleted everybody we had on the road.”

That left Thornton. If not for Maine State Police and the Maine Marine Patrol officers in the area and able to help, he would have been handling the shots fired call by himself.

“I can’t thank the Marine Patrol and the state police enough,” Thornton said. “It was a really coordinated effort to make sure no one got hurt.”

Jennifer Osborn

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