FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 31, 2009
Contact: Matthew Dunlap
Kennebunk Branch Office of the Bureau of Motor Vehicles
Re-opening After Morning Lockdown for Shooting Threat
KENNEBUNK and AUGUSTA—Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap announced that the Kennebunk Branch Office of the Bureau of Motor Vehicles would be open this afternoon after an emergency closure this morning. A customer who had been unable to complete their business had been overheard while leaving the office making threats against staff and others. Another customer, alarmed at what they heard, notified BMV staff on-site, and law enforcement was called to the facility along with BMV detectives. The facility was immediately closed under supervision of law enforcement. An arrest was later made by Kennebunk Police Department, and an individual was charged with terrorizing and causing the evacuation of a public building.
After the incident had been secured, staff at the office opted to reopen and continue normal operations. This decision was made with the support of senior BMV staff and the Secretary of State.
“We were prepared to close the office for the day, as this caused a great deal of stress for the staff. I appreciate the commitment of our staff to their work on behalf of our customers. I am very appreciative of the efforts of law enforcement to ensure that our staff and customers are safe and that the incident was resolved peacefully,” said Dunlap.
Dunlap also noted that law enforcement officers will be present in the branch office to provide security until further notice.
Dunlap referred questions about the arrest and the suspect to the Kennebunk Police Department.