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Maine AG: Trooper Justified in Using Deadly Force
10/08/2013 11:47 AM ET  

The case involved an armed confrontation between a Maine State Police trooper and a West Paris man earlier this year.

A Maine State Police trooper was justified in using deadly force earlier this year during a confrontation with a suspected burglar in West Paris.

That's the conclusion of Maine Attorney General Janet Mills in the case involving James Reynolds, 18, who was shot and wounded during an armed confrontation outside a home on Roy Road June 8.

Mills says Trooper Jason Wing was called to the scene by a resident who claimed to recognize Reynolds as a suspect in a burglary. Reynolds was also reported missing from the home he shared with his mother, who told police her son suffered from mental health disorders.

Wing says when he confronted Reynolds, Reynolds pointed a rifle at him. After Reynolds refused Wing's order to drop the rifle, Wing fired at him, wounding Reynolds in the head, arm and leg. The rifle, ammunition and other items Reynolds posssessed turned out to have been stolen from a seasonal residence.

In a report issued today, Mills concludes that Wing was justified in believing deadly force was necessary to protect himself from Reynolds. The Attorney General's Office is charged by law with investigating the circumstances under which any law enforcement officer uses deadly force.


 

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