Attorney General's office begins investigations on police involved shootings

7:28 PM, Jun 10, 2013   |    comments
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HAMPDEN, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- Over the weekend, two situations led to police shooting a suspect. When these situations occur there are protocols in place to make sure the police acted in the appropriate manner. All police involved shooting cases are turned over to the Attorney General's office and is placed under investigation.

When an officer feels like they are in danger or another person they must make a decision whether or not to use their weapon.

In both situations over the weekend, officers responded to a call and found themselves facing a suspect with a weapon.

The use of deadly force is justified when a police officer is in danger, when a third party is in danger, or when a suspect is a known felon who poses a continued threat to the community.

The Attorney General's review does not look at whether there could be any civil liability, if any administrative action is warranted, or if the use of deadly force could have been averted.

 From 2008 to 2012 the Attorney General's office has investigated 34 police involved shootings. All were determined to be justified.

This weekend's incidences bring this year's total to three, all remain under investigation.

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