DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine (AP) - The Maine attorney general's office says a trooper who killed a gunman in Dover-Foxcroft initially was unaware that the man was communicating with law enforcement on a different radio channel.
The report says Trooper Jon Brown fired at 46-year-old Michael Curtis without realizing Curtis was communicating with the sheriff on a fire department channel. Brown fired again and hit Curtis as the sheriff approached the man.
The report says Curtis, who was a county dispatcher and Sangerville firefighter, ignored orders to drop the handgun he'd used to kill his wife's ex-husband at work at a nursing home Nov. 29. It also says Curtis had been drinking.
Attorney General William Schneider says Brown met the legal requirement for using deadly force because he felt that the sheriff was under imminent threat.
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