February 26, 2020

Swanville man accused of terrorizing with gun

SWANVILLE – Stevens Road resident Kevin Flagg, 35, was being held Monday on $5,000 cash bail after authorities said he fired a rifle and terrorized his neighborhood.

Flagg was arrested by Waldo County Deputy Sheriff Merl Reed after a brief struggle outside his home at 10:12 p.m. Saturday. Reed had to use pepper spray to restrain Flagg and managed to spray himself in the process.

“It creates quite a cloud and I walked into it,” Reed said Monday.

A bystander, John “Jack” Hines, helped subdue Flagg while Reed handcuffed him and placed him under arrest. Flagg was charged with reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon, terrorizing and refusing to submit to arrest.

The incident began at 6:55 p.m. when neighbors called the Sheriff’s Department to report that Flagg was in the road firing a weapon. When Deputy James Porter arrived he was unable to find Flagg and issued a bulletin for police to keep an eye out for him. The department was notified at 10 p.m. that Flagg had returned home.

Reed said he arrived at the home 12 minutes later and met Flagg at the door. He said Flagg was calm when he questioned him about his activities, but became unruly when he attempted to handcuff and arrest him. A rifle was recovered at the scene and taken as evidence.

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