Maine neighborhood evacuated during 2-hour stand-off


By Dennis Hoey, Staff Writer
Portland Press Herald

BRUNSWICK — A Brunswick man who barricaded himself in his bedroom with a gun, leading to a police stand-off and the evacuation of an entire neighborhood, was arrested on terrorizing charges Tuesday morning.

Phillip Keller, 21, of 3 Perryman Drive engaged in a tense, 2-hour confrontation with police before surrendering without incident. Officials said officers recovered ammunition, three shotguns, and two high powered rifles from the home.

Brunswick Police Department Commander Rick Desjardins said residents of about 50 neighboring homes were evacuated to the Atrium Inn and Convention Center. "The biggest challenge for us was that this was a densely populated neighborhood, it was early morning and we had people getting ready to go to school or work," Desjardins said. "And it was very cold. There were a lot of cold people out there."

Police went to the residence after receiving a 911 call shortly after 5 a.m. from Keller's mother, Donna Keller. She told police her son was intoxicated and had barricaded himself in his bedroom.

When police arrived they could hear Keller inside the home breaking objects. At one point he kicked a door down and brandished a weapon, Desjardins said. Keller repeatedly asked police to shoot him, Desjardins said, but no shots were fired and no one was injured.

Keller has been charged with terrorizing, criminal mischief, and creating a police standoff. He is being held at the Cumberland County Jail. Bail was set at $2,500 cash.

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