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Caribou man arrested following two-hour police standoff

CARIBOU, Maine — Police charged a Caribou man with multiple violations following a two-hour long standoff on Sunday.

Officers first became involved after the Caribou Police Department received a 5:30 a.m. call about an altercation on the Old Washburn Road, according to a press release issued Tuesday by the Caribou department.

Police found two “victims” when they arrived, one in the driveway and another walking down the road. Members of the Caribou Fire and Ambulance Department transported one subject to Cary Medical Center, where the individual, who was not identified, remained Tuesday, according to the release. The second individual also was transported to the hospital, where he was treated for unspecified injuries, and released.

However, the suspect, 30-year-old Zachary Smith of Caribou, apparently barricaded himself inside the residence with possible weapons, Caribou police reported. Local police contacted the Maine State Police tactical team, which created a perimeter around the residence and, after two hours, Smith surrendered without further incident, according to the release. A weapon, which police did not identify, was recovered.

Officers arrested Smith charging him with Class A and B aggravated assault, two counts of domestic assault, creating a police standoff, and criminal mischief. Officers transported Smith to the Aroostook County Jail, where he remained Tuesday. Bail, according to the release, has not been set at this time.

Smith’s initial court date is scheduled for March 8.

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