Police shooting under investigation in Skowhegan

Posted Oct. 05, 2010, at 2:42 p.m.

SKOWHEGAN — The Maine Attorney General’s Office says a Skowhegan man was shot in a confrontation with a member of the state police tactical squad.

Officials say the tactical squad was asked to assist Skowhegan police Monday night in dealing with an armed and despondent man. They say initial reports indicate the man, 28-year-old Kemp Lybrook, was brandishing an assault rifle and approaching troopers outside his home when he was shot.

The Attorney General’s Office says Trooper Mark Sperrey fired on Lybrook, hitting him once Monday night. A spokeswoman says Lybrook underwent surgery at a hospital.

The Attorney General’s Office will investigate the facts to determine whether Sperrey discharged his weapon in self-defense or the defense of others.