Buxton police response prompts road closure, school lockdown

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Mar. 4—Buxton police have closed a section of Long Plains Road as they deal with an hours-long standoff Thursday.

Police have not released any details about what is going on, but have closed Long Plains Road between Parker Farms and Limington roads. Police from multiple agencies, including Maine State Police and local sheriffs offices, are staging in the parking lot of a nearby shopping plaza.

Police have been using loudspeaker to negotiate with someone during what appears to be a standoff.

The situation prompted Bonny Eagle schools to initiate a "lockout" at nearby buildings. The school department notified parents that no one would be allowed in or out of Bonny Eagle High School, Bonny Eagle Middle School and Buxton Center Elementary School until further notice as a precaution while police respond to the incident.

Colin Hamilton, who lives next door the house where the standoff is taking place, said the road was already blocked when he left at 7:30 a.m. to bring his son to school. He has been unable to get back to his house, where his wife and 5-year-old son are waiting with locked doors.

Hamilton said his wife heard police talking to a person in the house next door via loudspeaker. When she walked to the end of the driveway, an officer told her to go back inside to wait, he said.

In the last two years, Hamilton said he has seen police at the house next door at least a dozen times.

This story will be updated.