Man hospitalized after waving bow at traffic in Palermo
Palermo — A Palermo man was taken to an Augusta hospital for treatment the morning of Aug. 6 after police received several calls about an individual acting erratically and waving a compound bow at traffic.
Lt. Jason Trundy of the Waldo County Sheriff's Office said deputies and state police troopers responded to Western Ridge Road in Palermo shortly after 9:30 a.m. after receiving three phone calls in a short period of time about a man waving a bow at traffic.
Trundy said the 36-year-old man did not have any arrows with the bow at the time of the incident.
The man allegedly also had a firearm earlier in the morning that he threw into a neighbor's yard before "taking off" and being spotted walking in the road waving the bow and yelling at traffic, Trundy said. The man did not make any threats with the firearm, police said.
Tobey's Grocery store in South China was under a lockdown during the incident, Trundy said.
Police were able to track the man to Branch Mills Road where he was taken into custody at 10:20 a.m. before he was taken to Maine General Health in Augusta for evaluation.
Trundy said it is unlikely the man will face any criminal charges due to the fact that the incident was prompted by a mental health issue.
No one was injured during the incident, Trundy said.