A Shapleigh man is being held Saturday at the York County Jail on a domestic violence charge following a seven-hour standoff with police.

Richard Dunin-Wilczynski York County Jail

Richard Dunin-Wilczynski, 59, threatened a family member Thursday morning at a residence on Owls Nest Road, York County Sheriff William L. King Jr. said in a written statement Saturday.

When a family member called the York County Sheriff’s Office to report a domestic disturbance, Dunin-Wilczynski barricaded himself in a bathroom with a knife and threatened to kill himself and police officers, King said.

Police removed family members from the house and got arrest and search warrants for Dunin-Wilczynski and the residence, King said.

“Numerous attempts were made to coerce Richard to voluntarily submit to arrest, but he continually refused,” King said. “After approximately 7 hours, (the Southern Maine Special Response Team) breached the residence and took Richard into custody.”

Dunin-Wilczynski was charged with domestic violence criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon, King said. He was arraigned Friday in York County Superior Court and was being held Saturday at the York County Jail on $50,000 cash bail.

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