2012-02-20 / Front Page

Chief: Taser had no effect on man ‘who attacked two officers’

BY BETH BROGAN Times Record Staff

BATH — Bath police deployed a Taser to subdue a 44-year-old Bath man who allegedly refused to answer the door during a family fight early Sunday morning.

When officers responded to an Oak Street apartment at 12:15 a.m. Sunday morning for reports of a family fight in progress, they heard “noises related to someone destroying the apartment,” Bath Police Chief Michael Field wrote in a release today.

Sean Boynton, 44, allegedly refused to open the door to officers and shouted profanity to them.

When Boynton’s 16-year-old son emerged from the apartment, “it was evident he was frightened by this event,” Field wrote.

Officers then entered the apartment, found the living room in disarray, allegedly from Boynton’s behavior, and found Boynton intoxicated and belligerent.

When they informed Boynton that he was in violation of conditions of release and told him he was under arrest, Boynton allegedly “became extremely aggressive” toward police, pushing them away when they attempted to take him into custody.

Officer Jason Aucoin deployed his Taser, which Field wrote “had no effect on Boynton,” who then “attacked the two officers and began to fight them violently.”

At one point, Boynton allegedly tore parts of Aucoin’s uniform, and then stood up and lunged out the door before officers struggled with him back into the apartment.

He was eventually secured and taken to Two Bridges Regional Jail, where he remains. Boynton was charged with felony assault on an officer, as well as the lesser charges of refusing to submit to arrest, terrorizing and violation of conditions of release.

Field said the terrorizing charge resulted from comments Boynton allegedly made to emergency medical personnel about injuring police officers.

Both Aucoin and Officer Brett McIntire were treated and released from Mid Coast Hospital, Field said.

The investigation is ongoing and additional charges may be forthcoming.


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