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Friendship man arrested, accused of threat with gun

By Stephen Betts | Dec 04, 2019
Photo by: Knox County Jail Ian Murdoch

Friendship — A Friendship man was arrested Tuesday, accused of threatening to shoot a woman after assaulting her.

Ian L. Murdoch, 35, of Friendship, was arrested Dec. 3 and charged with domestic violence criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon, domestic violence reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon, domestic violence assault, obstructing report of a crime, and criminal mischief.

According to an affidavit filed in the Knox County court by the Knox County Sheriff's Office, the Knox County Regional Communications Center received a call about a domestic disturbance off the Harbor Road in Friendship and that a weapon was involved.

Deputy Jacob Labo responded to the residence while Sgt. John Palmer tried to find Murdoch who had left the residence in Friendship in a vehicle.

The alleged victim in the case said the two were arguing when Murdoch grabbed three rifles and threw them, striking her with one of them. He then threatened suicide and pointed the gun at his mouth before pointing it at the ceiling and firing the weapon, according to the affidavit. The woman then claimed that Murdoch pointed the rifle at her and threatened to shoot her, according to the police report.

The woman said Murdoch kept her cell phone for about two hours so that she could not report the incident. He then left the residence with the guns, she said.

Sheriff department officers located Murdoch who was arrested without incident. There were guns in his vehicle.

He was taken to the Knox County Jail in Rockland. He made his initial appearance Wednesday, Dec. 4 in the Knox County court where Judge Paul Mathews set bail at $2,500 cash.

Murdoch denied threatening the woman and said the gun went off as he tried to wrestle it from her. He claimed the woman assaulted him.

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