Somerset County man arrested after causing standoff, threatening police

Ronald Lane of Smithfield faces several charges after police say he strangled a relative, caused a standoff and threatened to shoot police before he was arrested. (MGN)

SMITHFIELD (WGME) -- A Smithfield man is behind bars after police say he strangled a family member, threatened police and caused a standoff before police were able to enter his home and arrest him.

Ronald Lane, 62, faces several charges, including aggravated domestic assault, after he was taken into custody at his Village Road home early Sunday morning, according to the Somerset County Sheriff's Office.

Around 4:30 p.m. Saturday, police responded to Village Road for a reported assault. After interviewing the victim, deputies went to arrest Lane at his home.

Lane came to the door when police arrived and yelled at deputies and threatened to shoot them if they came any closer.

Police set up a perimeter around the house with Maine State Police and the state police tactical team. Village Round, which is Route 8, was closed off for hours because of the standoff.

Negotiators tried to talk to Lane, who continued to threaten police and also texted threats to the victim. He also said he was kill police and burn down the home during the standoff.

After a search warrant was acquired, around 2:20 a.m. tactical team members were able to get inside the home and secured Lane'

The Somerset County Sheriff's Office credited the tactical team, negotiators and first responders for resolving a "highly volatile, dangerous situation" without serious injuries.

Lane is being held at the Somerset County Jail on charges of domestic violence assault, domestic violence criminal threatening, criminal threatening and refusing to submit to arrest.

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