February 21

Police: Waterville oil change manager pulled loaded gun on employees

George Spencer was charged with reckless conduct for pointing a loaded handgun at two employees at Prompto 10-Minute Oil Change.

By Amy Calder acalder@centralmaine.com
Staff Writer

WATERVILLE — The manager of an oil change business was charged with reckless conduct Thursday night for allegedly pulling out a loaded handgun and pointing at two employees, police said.

George Spencer, 43, of 1380 Hinckley Road, Clinton, was summoned on a charge of class C felony reckless conduct after one of the employees of Prompto 10-Minute Oil Change at 118 Kennedy Memorial Drive reported the incident, Deputy police Chief Charles Rumsey said Friday.

The charge carries up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000. Rumsey said Spencer has a permit to carry a concealed weapon, issued through the town of Clinton.

“One of the employees was very scared by the fact that he was displaying a firearm and reported it to us,” Rumsey said.

Asked why Spencer pulled a gun on his employees, Rumsey said: “I want to say he was fooling around.”

The incident happened at around 5 p.m. Tuesday and Spencer voluntarily turned himself in at the police station around 6:30 p.m., Rumsey said.

Spencer was not at Prompto Friday afternoon, according to a man who answered the phone there, and Spencer did not immediately return a message seeking comment.

He is scheduled to appear in Kennebec County Superior Court in Augusta on April 15, Rumsey said.

Amy Calder — 861-9247 acalder@centralmaine.com Twitter: @AmyCalder17

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