AUBURN — An Androscoggin County grand jury this week indicted a 27-year-old local man accused of shooting at a Lewiston police officer in November.

Joshua R. Boyd Lewiston Police Department

Joshua R. Boyd was indicted on charges of aggravated attempted murder, criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon, reckless conduct with a firearm, falsifying evidence, refusing to submit to arrest and violating conditions of release.

According to a police affidavit, on the morning of Nov. 18, Boyd entered a Howe Street apartment carrying a gun. The apartment’s resident called police, who responded and chased Boyd to Sabattus Street.

Cpl. Jeremy Somma noticed that the male had his hand in his pocket, then saw a muzzle flash at least twice coming from the male and heard gunshots, according to the affidavit.

Somma said he had no doubt that it was the male firing at him and felt in fear of being shot and killed, the affidavit said. Somma said he couldn’t remember how many times he fired back at the suspect, but “knows it was more than once and he did not empty his magazine.”

After he was taken into custody leaving his girlfriend’s apartment on Horton Street, Boyd told police he had a gun in his pocket as he fled the Howe Street address because he saw an officer. He said he wanted to “throw it,” but accidentally fired the gun in his pants as he tried to pull it from his pocket while running, according to the affidavit.

“He then took the gun out of his pants and it fired again,” he told police, according to the affidavit.

Boyd was being held at the Androscoggin County Jail in Auburn on $100,000 cash bail.

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