UPDATE: Rhode Island man arrested in Houlton for reckless conduct and terrorizing.
Houlton, Maine (WAGM) - UPDATED STORY -According to the Maine State Police, there was no explosive device that was found in the vehicle.
A Rhode Island man has been arrested in Houlton after he failed to stop, leading to an officer involved shooting. According to the Maine State Police, at approximately 10:39 am Monday, Maine State Police Trooper Denver Roy attempted to stop a vehicle on Interstate 95 northbound in Houlton. The vehicle continued northbound without stopping and the Trooper observed a sign indicating that the operator had an explosive device on-board.
Police say the vehicle continued and stopped between the US and Canadian Ports of Entry where troopers commanded the driver to get out of the vehicle. The operator allegedly then maneuvered the truck towards the Canadian Port of Entry and Corporal Eric Paquette shot at the driver.
The operator was not injured and surrendered to the troopers. The driver was medically cleared and taken to the Aroostook County Jail, charged with Aggravated Reckless Conduct - Class B, Terrorizing - Class D and Failure to Stop - Class E. The operator of the vehicle has been identified as 42 year old Tony Holford from Providence, Rhode Island. Police say the scene is contained and there is no on-going danger to the public.
The Office of the Maine Attorney General and the Maine State Police are collaborating with Canadian authorities to investigate the incident. Crime scene technicians and the Maine State Police Bomb Squad continue to process the scene and are expected to be at the scene through the night. Motorists should avoid the area and look to use an alternate port of entry if necessary.
The Office of the Maine Attorney General will work with the Maine State Police in the coming days to continue the investigation and the events that led up to the officer-involved shooting.
(Earlier story) The interstate from Houlton to the Canadian border is shut down until further notice, according to Lieutenant Brian Harris of the Maine State Police. Any traffic going into Canada will have to utilize a different crossing than Houlton. While no details are currently available, Harris say there is an incident in progress. WAGM will update this story as more information is confirmed and becomes available.
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