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Suicidal woman shot by police in Rumford
RUMFORD, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - Investigators from the Maine Attorney General's office are looking into Tuesday shooting by police in Rumford.
The shooting happened lateTuesday afternoon outside an apartment building at 77 Maine Ave. A Rumford police officer shot a woman twice. She was taken to the hospital where she is listed in stable condition.
Police responded after the woman's case worker called police with concerns about a person considered to be suicidal. After police arrived at the scene Chief Stacy Carter said the woman came at officers with a knife and that's when one of the officers shot her. While the investigation is still underway the chief said this could be a suicide by cop attempt.
"Certainly something that we willbe looking at. At the initial onset that certainly what it appears, but as I saidwe'll do a complete investigation into the surroundings of the incident, start to finish.We'll work hand-in-hand with the Attorney General's office, provide them any information that they need so that they can do their investigation", he said.
The Attorney General's office investigates all shootings by police officers in Maine to determine if the officer was justified in using deadly force. As part of that procedure the officer is placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.
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