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Gunfire, crash mar Bangor parade

Bangor standoff reroutes parade; wreck unrelated

An unidentified man was taken into custody after he allegedly fired about 70 rounds from a window.
Gabor Degre /Bangor Daily News
An unidentified man was taken into custody after he allegedly fired about 70 rounds from a window.
Gabor Degre /Bangor Daily news
The driver of a tractor was killed when his vehicle was hit from behind by an antique fire truck as Bangor celebrated the Fourth of July with a parade.

BANGOR — Police rerouted the Bangor Fourth of July parade as they responded to dozens of gunshots that were fired during a standoff with an armed man, then handled a fatal accident on the changed route as an old fire truck slammed into a tractor, killing the driver.

Things started when police evacuated an apartment building at about 9 a.m. on Thursday.

Sergeant Paul Edwards put out an alert asking parade spectators to stay out of the downtown area because police were dealing with ‘‘a despondent person’’ who had a firearm.

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‘‘They told us that somebody in Apartment 1 has a gun and that we all needed to get out fast. So it was pretty scary,’’ Courtney Raymond, who lives in the building on Park Street, told WABI-TV.

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Police cleared the streets and surrounded the building. They said a man fired about 70 rounds out of a window.

It was not immediately known if anyone was hurt.

A man was taken into custody late Thursday morning. No further information on him was released.

The parade, which started from Brewer, got underway but officials rerouted it in Bangor.

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But on Water Street, not far from where the standoff happened, a tractor was hit from behind by the antique fire truck.

Edwards said the driver of the tractor was killed.

The parade had been rerouted to that street.