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Orrington standoff ends with 1 man dead

A more than 12-hour standoff ends with one man dead in the Town of Orrington. (WVII)

ORRINGTON (WGME) -- A more than 12-hour standoff ends with one man dead in the Town of Orrington.

Maine State Police say 54-year-old Mark Ellis died as a result of an officer-involved shooting round 2 a.m. Wednesday.

It all started around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday when police say a call came in from a man threatening law enforcement.

Loud bangs were heard coming from the area around 1 a.m. and just before midnight, authorities could be heard trying to convince the man to come outside and that no one would hurt him, according to WVII.

"Penobscot County Regional Dispatch received a call from a gentlemen threatening law enforcement and asked that law enforcement respond to his house," Penobscot County Sheriff Troy Morton told WVII. "He made threats totally toward law enforcement and no other folks."

Authorities evacuated a nearby school and some homes, and then brought in the state tactical team.

Police say residents were expected to return to their homes Wednesday morning after announcing the man had been shot and killed.

Three members of the State Police Tactical Team were involved in the use of deadly force. The officers will be placed on administrative leave, which is standard practice.

The Maine Attorney General’s Office will be responsible for conducting the investigation.

This is the 10th officer involved shooting in Maine this year.

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