PARIS — Police said a Lovell man shot by police last week in a standoff has been charged with nine offenses, including assaulting and threatening to shoot a person.

Dennis Buffington Jr., 31, made an initial appearance in Oxford County Superior Court on Wednesday afternoon. He faces nine charges stemming from the incident at his home on Nuthatch Road in Lovell in the early hours of May 20.

Wearing a red jumpsuit, Buffington spoke in a low voice when he was asked questions by Active-Retired Judge Robert Clifford. 

“You were shot twice, you must be in pain?” Clifford asked. 

Buffington nodded in agreement.

Buffington was shot by an Oxford County Sheriff’s deputy during an armed confrontation with police.

Police have released few details on the incident. Oxford County Sheriff Wayne Gallant previously stated that officers were called to 52 Nuthatch Road at around 1 a.m. after a 911 call from the house where Buffington was causing the disturbance.

After arriving at the residence, which is near the end of a dirt, dead-end road, Oxford County Sheriff’s Cpl. George Cayer shot Buffington, Gallant said.

A neighbor later recounted hearing tires squeal, a crash and a shotgun blast around 3 a.m. 

The standoff ended at around 3:30 a.m., when Buffington was taken into custody. He was transported to Bridgton Hospital and later to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston where he underwent surgery.

On Tuesday, Buffington was arrested by Maine State Police detective Christopher Farley at the Lewiston hospital and transported to the Oxford County Jail in Paris.

Buffington faces felony counts of aggravated criminal mischief, criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon, four counts of reckless conduct, as well as misdemeanor counts of assault, driving to endanger and discharging a firearm near a residence. 

According to the complaint, Buffington threatened to shoot a person, assaulted the person and destroyed their windows and a truck, which were worth more than $2,000. 

It also states he created the risk of harming three other individuals, drove a truck erratically and shot a weapon within 100 yards of a home. 

The state Attorney General’s Office is investigating the incident, which is standard procedure in a police-related shooting. An affidavit, which typically details a police account of the events leading up to an arrest, has been sealed pending completion of that investigation, according to Oxford County Assistant District Attorney Richard Beauchesne.  

Following his appearance Wednesday, Buffington was released under house arrest to a residence in Waterford, according to a jail officer.

According to the conditions of his release, he is barred from using drugs or alcohol, possessing firearms or having contact with the victims. In addition, he must take prescribed medications and meet regularly with defense counsel and a bail supervisor. 

He is scheduled for a court arraignment July 9. 

Buffington does not have a violent criminal history, according to Gallant. 

In addition to the state’s investigation into the shooting, Gallant said he is establishing a third-party internal affairs panel to determine whether any policies were violated and if additional training is required. The findings could be released by June 12, he said. The panel will be comprised of a civilian and law enforcement personnel, he said.

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