Man shot in Ellsworth standoff faces federal charges for being a felon with a …

June 20th, 2014 by admin Leave a reply »

BANGOR, Maine — An Ellsworth man, who exchanged gunfire with police during an overnight standoff that ended when he was shot in the face earlier this month, faces federal charges for being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Gail Malone.

Jeffrey Paul Barnard, 50, was shot by Trooper Scott Duff on the morning of June 1 after a lengthy standoff with police that included Barnard holding a .22-caliber rifle, threatening to blow up his camper with a can of gasoline and throwing a Molotov cocktail, Ellsworth police Lt. Harold Page said.

“Officers recovered a .22-caliber semi-automatic rifle with a loaded magazine and a round in the chamber,” inside Barnard’s camper, according to the complaint filed in U.S. District Court on Friday by Special Agent Tyler Leighton, of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

“They also found 70 rounds of .22-caliber ammunition, spent .22-caliber shell casings and a Molotov cocktail-type explosive device.”

Barnard has a lengthy criminal record that includes federal, Maine and California convictions, as well as prior police standoffs.

He also has prior federal convictions for being a felon in possession of a firearm, from San Bernardino, California, in July 1996 and Maine in July 2004. As a convicted felon, Barnard is banned for life from owning or possessing any firearms. He also was convicted in November 1997 of assaulting a police officer in Millinocket.

Aside from the firearms convictions, he also has been convicted of violating his federal

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