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Fourth of July Shooter in Bangor Gets Attorney, High Bail

Perrin Oliver/PCJ

In a video appearance from jail this afternoon, Perrin Oliver, 43, of Bangor told the judge in Penobscot County Superior Court he understood the charges against him.

Oliver has been in jail since July 4 when he was taken into custody and charged by Bangor police with reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon, aggravated reckless conduct, and possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.

Oliver allegedly held police at bay for several hours firing as many as 70 rounds from a gun which ultimately forced them to re-route the 4th of July Parade.

Today in court Oliver was appointed defense attorney Jeffrey Silverstein and the State requested he be held on $100,000 cash bail with restrictions that say he cannot return to 47 Park Street where he was living, he must submit to searches for drugs and alcohol, and should have no contact with Tamica Gradson.

According to court documents, Gradson was seen by Bangor police walking with no shoes, dressed in nothing but a long t-shirt, crying and walking with young boy early Thursday morning.

Gradson told police she was staying with Oliver when he started “wigging out” after not taking his medication.

She claimed to have heard a gunshot when she left the apartment but told police she was not aware Oliver had any guns.

According to the police affidavit, Oliver was firing a Rossi .38 Special.

In requesting the high bail, the prosecution called the judge’s attention to Oliver’s criminal history out of both North Carolina and New York including convictions for receiving stolen property, heroin possession, assault and possession of a firearm by a felon.

The judge did say the bail set today could be reconsidered once Silverstein has a chance to review his case.

The standoff involving Oliver started a tragic holiday in Bangor that was marred by the tragic death of a Holden man who was run over by an antique firetruck during the city’s Fourth of July parade.


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