AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - The Maine attorney general's office says a deputy was legally justified in firing into the car of a man who tried to ram his cruiser after reportedly setting fire to his estranged wife's home.
A report released Thursday indicated Dennis Sampson of the Androscoggin County Sheriff's Department fired three shots at Michael Callahan's car. The deputy had been told Callahan, who had let loose with 90 gunshots in a standoff months earlier, might be armed.
The episode unfolded May 24 when Callahan was reported to have set fire to his estranged wife's home in Minot. Then Callahan rammed the woman's vehicle before Sampson pursued him.
Attorney General Janet Mills said Sampson was legally justified is using lethal force because he thought he was in imminent danger. No one was hurt.
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