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Armed standoff ends with arrest in Fort Kent

FORT KENT, Maine — Traffic on Main Street was redirected while armed police dealt with a standoff in Fort Kent Friday afternoon. No shots were fired during the standoff, which was resolved about an hour and a half hour after it began and resulted in an arrest.

One witness said she had just picked up her child from Fort Kent Elementary and was on her way home when she noticed a school bus pulled over on the side of the road as she approached St. Louis Catholic Church. The bus was empty, she said.

When she continued driving beyond the church parking lot approaching the Paradis apartment building, she spotted three town police vehicles blocking the road in front of the apartment.

“All the cops were there, in the road and in the driveway,” the witness said. “(Fort Kent Police Chief) Mike Delena was getting out with a rifle and there was already a cop positioned behind a red vehicle with his gun pointed at the door, yelling at a lady who was yelling back at him something about being there to check on her husband and make sure that he was okay.”

Police had blocked off that portion of the road and were redirecting traffic behind the apartment building near Riverside Park.

The standoff began at around 2 p.m. when a Fort Kent police officer witnessed an alleged domestic disturbance at a residence on East Main Street a few doors down from the St. Louis Catholic Church.

The unnamed officer approached the scene and allegedly observed 24-year-old Kobe Hafford of Fort Kent brandishing a firearm. Chief DeLena said Hafford pointed the firearm at the officer and then retreated into the residence.

Additional officers responded as the standoff ensued.

Shortly after 3:30 p.m. Hafford exited the residence and was arrested without incident.

The firearm was recovered and there is no existing threat to the public, DeLena said.

Police charged Hafford with reckless conduct with a firearm, criminal threatening with a firearm, violating conditions of release, criminal mischief and creating a police standoff.

Hafford was transported to Aroostook County Jail in Houlton.

Aroostook County Sheriff’s Office and Fort Kent Fire Department assisted the FKPD.

This is the second police standoff in Fort Kent involving firearms since March. Both were resolved without loss of life.

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