Shortly before 8:00 a.m. on Monday, a 911 call was received from the residence of Christian Rotter, at 277 Boundary Line Road in Bridgewater, reporting that James Peaslee had just been at his residence making threats. The caller reported that Peaslee brandished a “stun gun” before leaving the property. Peaslee also lives on the Boundary Line Road. As three Deputy Sheriffs responded to the call, a neighbor called 911 reporting they heard gunshots in the area of the Rotter residence.
When Deputies arrived, they noticed the power line near Rotter’s home was damaged and learned the power was out. Deputies subsequently recovered an AK-47 rifle from Rotter’s residence that Deputies believe was fired at least three shots into the air, damaging the power line. Additional evidence was recovered from the scene and Rotter, 59, was subsequently arrested and charged with Reckless Conduct with a Firearm (Class C), Criminal Mischief (Class D) and Prohibited Possession of a Firearm (by a convicted felon) (Class C). Following further investigation, Deputies also issued a criminal summons to Peaslee, 33, charging him with Criminal Threatening – a Class D misdemeanor.
Rotter’s felony conviction is from June of 1991 in Washington County (Rhode Island) Superior Court, charging Assault with a Deadly Weapon. Rotter remains at the Aroostook County Jail pending an initial court appearance on Wednesday.
It is not yet clear what sparked the feud between the two men, but the investigation is continuing. Luckily, no one was hurt during this unfortunate encounter.
The case has been submitted to the Aroostook County District Attorney’s Office for review and prosecution.