Man Whose Home Was Bombed by Police Holds off on Rebuilding

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A Maine man who was shot twice and whose house was destroyed by a police bomb is forgoing, in the intervening time, his plan to rebuild on the scene of the standoff.

Michael Grendell, 65, gained a $400,000 settlement in November 2020 after suing members of the Maine State Police and one member of the state lawyer common’s workplace. That is the utmost allowed below statute for suing authorities entities.

Grendell says he was within the midst of a psychological well being disaster on June 28, 2018, when police arrived at his house after a neighbor reported that Grendell shot at him the day earlier than in Dixmont.

Officers shot Grendell after the 20-hour standoff once they drew him out of the home by detonating an explosive. It was the primary time in Maine that police detonated explosives utilizing a robotic to finish a standoff.

Grendell, who was shot within the face and torso, spent a number of months within the hospital, based on the lawsuit.

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Grendell mentioned beforehand that he wished to rebuild on the property the place the house was blown up, the Bangor Each day Information reported.

However information point out he bought a house final yr in Bangor, and it’s unclear what’s going to occur to the property in Dixmont. He nonetheless owns the Dixmont property, the city clerk informed The Related Press.

Grendell’s lawyer, N. Laurence Willey, mentioned a confidentiality settlement prevented him from discussing the matter with The Related Press. Grendell did not reply to an e-mail looking for remark.

State police haven’t employed the tactic of utilizing a robotic to ship an explosive since utilizing the tactic on Grendell.

The lawyer common’s workplace has not but accomplished its report on the ways employed within the standoff, a spokesperson mentioned.

Grendell’s lawsuit indicated that he had psychological well being issues and that the neighbor alerted police to his deteriorated psychological well being and implored police to not harm him, based on court docket paperwork.

Issues rapidly went downhill when police used a bullhorn to order him out of the home, based on court docket paperwork. Grendell emerged in his underwear and requested in the event that they had been the “actual police.”

Later, he emerged together with his canine on a leash and a Civil Warfare-type rifle strapped to his shoulder, and he exchanged fireplace with troopers when state police used a robotic to interrupt a window in his house.

Police later detonated a bomb referred to as an “explosive breaching cost” that was speculated to knock down a wall — however the blast obliterated the home and induced the roof line to fall to the bottom.

Grendell pleaded no contest to reckless conduct with a firearm, and all different fees had been dismissed in 2018.

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