Police say island man fired gun into occupied pickup truck

By Stephen Betts | Sep 16, 2019
Photo by: Knox County Jail Dorian Ames

Vinalhaven — A Vinalhaven man is being held in lieu of $2,000 cash bail after police said he fired a gun into a pickup truck in which a woman was sitting Sunday night, Sept. 15.

Dorian Ames, 26, who is listed in court papers as residing both in Vinalhaven and Westbrook, is being held at the Knox County Jail in Rockland on charges of reckless conduct with a firearm, possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon, criminal mischief and discharging a firearm near a dwelling.

According to an affidavit filed in Knox County Court by the Knox County Sheriff's Office, Deputy Daniel Landers received a call about the incident early Monday morning. Landers was off duty on North Haven and went by boat to neighboring Vinalhaven.

Witnesses said that Ames was with a group of people at a residence on the island and was heavily intoxicated. The witnesses said he began arguing with one of the people in the home and pushed the person. That person then pinned Ames to the floor.

Ames left the home and said he was going to his home to get a gun, according to the affidavit.

The resident of the home asked the man who who had been in the altercation with Ames to leave, saying it would be safer, since there were children in the home and he did not want Ames coming back to the house with a gun.

The man left along with a woman. That couple went to another home about a mile away to see if they could spend the night there. The man got out of the pickup truck and went up to the house while the woman got into the driver's side of the vehicle.

Ames arrived there in his car and immediately approached the pickup truck with a gun in his hand, yelling that he was going to kill the man who had pinned him earlier that night, according to the affidavit. The woman told Ames that the man was not in the vehicle, but Ames approached and pointed the gun at her before firing the gun and striking the vehicle near where the gas cap is located.

He then got in his car and drove away.

The deputy said he recovered the bullet fragment from the vehicle and interviewed witnesses before arresting Ames.

Ames is prohibited from having a gun because of a 2015 conviction in Knox County for domestic violence terrorizing.

Comments (3)
Posted by: Don Dickinson | Sep 17, 2019 18:47

Not all criminals are unemployed Mary. Just take a look at our Congress in Washington.



Posted by: Francis Mazzeo, Jr. | Sep 16, 2019 15:27

Many young people work today, but that doesn't make for good headlines. This particular young person needs to quit drinking and stop acting like a tough guy. If he acts out like this when sober then he is a real danger to the public.

 



Posted by: Mary A McKeever | Sep 16, 2019 14:14

Doesn't anyone young work these days? Just lock him up and make him serve a lot of years to keep others safe....



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