Possibly Suicidal Man In Custody After Standoff in Police Department Parking Lot
Waterville Police spent a portion of the night dealing with a possibly suicidal man in the department's parking lot. The man, who was armed with a handgun, has been taken into custody.
According to the Portland Press Herald, police received a call at around 6:00 Monday evening that 58-year-old Gary Cross of Troy was headed to the police station, was armed and possibly suicidal. The standoff began about fifteen minutes later when Cross was spotted sitting in his pickup in the department's parking lot.
For more than 8 hours, police negotiators tried to get him to surrender. The initial challenge was getting him to answer his phone, which didn't happen until about two hours before he surrendered to police.
Cross was taken into custody, without incident shortly after 2:30 Tuesday morning and the handgun he had held for much of the night recovered by police. Waterville Police Chief Joseph Massey said at a press conference just after 3:00 in the morning that Cross would likely be charged with creating a police standoff. The civil violation carries a fine, but is also subject to restitution for the cost of the standoff, which Massey says would total in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. The PPH reports Massey said the standoff not only tied up the officials on the scene, but also made it impossible for cruisers to leave the back parking lot to answer other calls.
Responding to the scene Monday night were Waterville, Fairfield, Winslow, and Oakland Police, along with State Police, Kennebec County Sheriff's Department, and the Waterville and Fairfield fire departments.
By the time the call came in that Cross was on his way, his pickup was already in the parking lot. Massey said he doesn't know why the man decided to head to the Waterville Police Department.