Maine state rep pulls gun on photographer
Maine state Rep. Frederick Ladd Wintle, a Republican from Garland, was arrested on charges of carrying a concealed weapon and criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon Saturday after a run-in with a press photographer, the Portland Press Herald reported.
Wintle was in the parking lot of a Dunkin Donuts in Waterville, Maine, talking to Morning Sentinel Michael Seamans about a 12-week-old baby that died earlier in the week at the Mid-Maine Homeless Shelter. Wintle said he was looking for the baby’s mother’s drug dealer, then pulled a .22 caliber gun out of his waistband and waved it in Seamans’ face at point-blank range.
Sgt. Alan Main of the Waterville Police Department, which arrested Wintle, called Seamans an “innocent bystander.”
“He certainly did nothing wrong and certainly did his best to try to diffuse the potential harm to himself,” Main told the Portland Press Herald.
According to his biography on Maine.gov, Wintle “enjoys refurbishing antique furniture and spending time with his five children.”
Image via maine.gov.