Brunswick man arrested after standoff outside Forest Avenue Burger King

Jun. 24—A Brunswick man was arrested Friday evening after allegedly displaying a rifle and threatening a Burger King worker, sparking a prolonged standoff during which a disaster negotiator and two armored autos had been introduced in, police stated.

Gabriel McKusick, 44, faces felony threatening with a harmful weapon and different costs, Portland police stated in an announcement Saturday morning. Officers stated they discovered an AR-15-style rifle and practically 60 rounds of ammunition in his automobile.

The incident began round 7 p.m. Friday, when police had been known as to the 449 Forest Ave. fast-food restaurant after McKusick went by the drive-thru lane and allegedly threatened an worker earlier than parking his automobile within the lot.

Police secured the car parking zone and evacuated close by companies after they had been unable to get the person to depart the automobile. Visitors was diverted off Forest Avenue.

A disaster negotiator from the Westbrook Police Division was introduced in, police stated, in addition to an armored automobile utilized by Portland’s Particular Response Crew to permit the negotiator to work safely. A second armored automobile and emergency medical personnel had been additionally delivered to the scene.

After greater than two hours of negotiation, officers used “non-lethal distraction gadgets” and chemical irritants to get McKusick out of the automobile, police stated. He was handled on the scene for minor cuts from damaged glass and brought to Maine Medical Middle earlier than being moved to the Cumberland County Jail.

McKusick can be charged with failure to undergo arrest or detention, unlawful possession of a firearm, and making a police standoff.

Two officers sustained minor accidents in the course of the arrest and had been handled on the scene.

A Burger King worker declined to remark Saturday. A number of staff at companies close to Burger King stated they weren’t impacted Friday as a result of they closed previous to the incident. One other enterprise, CVS, was open, however staff there declined to remark.

Portland police Main Robert Martin stated in an e mail that, as of Saturday, police haven’t decided a motive for McKusick’s habits, nor have they recognized any relationships between him and anybody on the Burger King.

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