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Rural Bloomfield man accused of threatening to kill a deputy and other officers

A rural Bloomfield man, accused of lying in wait with a gun to ambush and kill law enforcement officers, was charged with intimidation when he appeared in Greene Superior Court last week.

Michael L. Bevington, 36, is facing a Level 6 felony count of intimidation involving a threat to commit a forcible felony. He was summoned to appear in court last Monday for an initial hearing.

The charge is a result of an incident that occurred late on Monday, April 16.

Greene County Sheriff’s Deputy Harvey Holt was dispatched around 9:30 p.m. to a residence in rural Bloomfield.

A concerned family member had called dispatch because they were worried about Bevington. They said he had just taken a gun and gone into the woods.

Several officers responded to assist and as they neared the area, Holt asked for updates from dispatch. He was told Bevington was waiting at the end of the driveway to ambush officers when they arrived.

Officers parked in an area away from the driveway and numerous phone conversations followed before the incident came to an end.

In Holt’s narrative written for probable cause, he said at one point when Bevington had returned to the house, Holt was able to talk to Bevington on the phone, but Bevington was yelling at him.

“He stated he was coming to kill me and other officers. He said he was going to shoot anyone that came down the driveway. He was going to climb a tree and take us out. He was very good at it.” Holt said he kept saying that, then hung up the phone.

When GCSD Chief Deputy George Dallaire arrived to assist, Dallaire was able to convince Bevington to leave the gun behind and come out of the residence and walk to the area where the officers were located.

Shortly after that, officers saw Bevington walking in a field near their parked vehicles. They approached and said he was not carrying a weapon but was verbally combative and mad because firearms were pointed at him while he was searched.

From the residence, officers recovered a single shot HR Deer Hunter 20-gauge shotgun, loaded with a single unfired shot.

In the probable cause affidavit, Holt wrote that in Dallaire’s conversation with Bevington, he learned Bevington was upset because of a custody issue with a child that had occurred earlier in the day and Bevington was afraid he would not get his child back.