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Norridgewock man had real gun this time


Police descend on Michael Smith’s home

Norridgewock resident Michael Smith stands beside a Somerset County sheriff’s deputy Tuesday morning. The tattoo of a pistol on his stomach was mistaken for a real firearm by employees of Lucas Tree Experts after, according to Smith, workers woke him up while they were cutting wood for Central Maine Power Co. The workers called police. Photo courtesy Morning Sentinel

David Leaming/Morning Sentinel

NORRIDGEWOCK, Maine — Police armed with assault rifles descended on a Maine man’s home after members of a tree removal crew he’d told to clear off his property reported that he had a gun.

Turns out the “gun” the tree crew had seen on Michael Smith of Norridgewock was just a life-sized tattoo of a handgun on his stomach.

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Smith, who works nights, was asleep when the tree crew contracted by a utility to trim branches near power lines, woke him up at about 10 a.m. Tuesday.

He went outside shirtless and yelled at the workers to leave. When he’s not wearing a shirt, the tattoo looks like a gun tucked into his waistband.

Smith tells the Morning Sentinel the tattoo has never been a problem before.