COLUMBIA FALLS (AP) – A six-hour standoff ended when a man who told police he was “going out in a blaze of glory” stepped onto his front porch, put a gun to his head and killed himself, police said.

Police went to Frank Dorr’s home on Monday after he skipped a court appearance in Bangor and a federal judge issued an arrest warrant.

Dorr, 63, was facing federal charges because he allegedly attempted to buy a gun after he had been charged in January 2001 with burglary, criminal trespass, assault and illegal possession of a prescription drug.

A Washington County deputy and two state troopers initially were sent to Dorr’s home. When he barricaded himself inside and made the “blaze of glory” remark, additional officers and a state police tactical team were dispatched.

State Police Lt. Wes Hussey said negotiators felt they were making progress when Dorr said he needed to take a break from the telephone conversation.

“He terminated the call, came out on the front steps and committed suicide,” said Hussey, who believed Dorr used a 9 mm pistol.

AP-ES-07-08-03 0954EDT



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