Maine state rep pulls gun on photographer

By Kase Wickman
Saturday, May 21, 2011 14:39 EDT
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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.

Kase Wickman
Kase Wickman
Kase Wickman is a reporter for Raw Story. She holds a journalism degree from Boston University and grew up in Eugene, OR. Her work has been featured in The Boston Globe, Village Voice Media, The Christian Science Monitor, The Houston Chronicle and on NPR, among others. She lives in New York City and tweets from @kasewickman.
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