Family sues police following fatal shooting

Posted July 22, 2010, at 12:04 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — The family of a 29-year-old man who was fatally shot by police in South Portland two years ago has filed a wrongful death lawsuit.

Michael Norton died after being shot outside his South Portland home Aug. 25, 2008, after officers were called to check on him because he had been threatening to commit suicide.

Elliott Epstein, the lawyer for the Norton family, told the Portland Press Herald that Norton never attacked the officers and that police could have responded without using deadly force.

The suit names the city of South Portland, Police Chief Edward Googins and two officers as defendants.

A review of the shooting by the Maine attorney general’s office found the officers were legally justified in using deadly force.

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