Woman shot by Rumford police indicted

PARIS, ME (NEWS CENTER) – Oxford County Jail officials say a Rumford woman was arrested and charged with a felony stemming from actions surrounding the March 18 Rumford Police shooting.

Officials say Jessica Byrne, 25 of Rumford, was arrested Thursday in Rockland, where she has been receiving care by family members since the shooting.

Jail officials say Byrne was booked at the Oxford County Jail Friday after being indicted for criminal threatening, a Class C felony.

Officials say bail was set at $1000 cash or a supervised release. Byrne was released on a Maine Pretrial Services contract in lieu of cash bail.

Maine Pretrial Services is a nonprofit organization that requires suspects to check in every day, visit an officer once a week and abide by all bail conditions or suffer consequences up to and including incarceration.

Byrne was shot by a Rumford Police officer March 18 after she allegedly pursued the officer with an open pocket knife.

According to the Lewiston Sun Journal, a Maine State Police arrest affidavit says Byrne had been suicidal and was on the phone with police and her counselor saying she had ingested a large amount of prescription drugs.

The Sun Journal says the affidavit describes Rumford Police Officers Tracey Higley and Brad Gallant found Byrne huddled in an alley talking on the phone to her councilor. The affidavit says Higley and Gallant attempt to take Byrne into custody failed, resulting in Byrne becoming agitated and pulling a closed pocket knife.

State Police then say the officers tried to taser Byrne twice with no effect. Byrne then opened the pocket knife and "became focused" on Higley and started to pursue him. Officer Higley retreated and eventually shot Byrne twice that "ceased Byrne's advance."

There are indications as of this time when Byrne will appear in court.


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