Lewiston police officers detain two men on Horton Street in Lewiston Friday afternoon after reports of them threatening people with a gun.

Lewiston police officers detain two men on Horton Street in Lewiston Friday afternoon after reports of them threatening people with a gun.

LEWISTON – Police with weapons drawn on Friday detained two men on Horton Street after a reported confrontation in the street.

Early reports were that one group had pointed guns at another at about 4 p.m., although it was not confirmed that any weapons had been displayed.

When police arrived, they found two men in a red minivan in front of 130 Horton St. With pistols and rifles drawn, police ordered the two men out of the van. The suspects were handcuffed while the officers investigated the incident.

It was believed that a gun was recovered, although there was no immediate evidence that a crime had occurred. In Maine, it is legal to carry a handgun for self-protection.

As police converged on the area, neighbors spilled out of their apartments to watch the action. Some reported hearing a fight in the moments before police arrived.

“I heard an argument, or some type of confrontation,” one woman said. “But that’s not anything new around here.”

Several reports of fights have been reported around the downtown area since the start of spring. In May, shots were reported to have been fired on nearby Shawmut Street.

Later Friday, police were still questioning the two men as well as potential witnesses. No immediate arrests were made.


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