AG: ATF agents were justified in shooting Outlaws member

Posted Dec. 28, 2010, at 4:10 p.m.

OLD ORCHARD BEACH — The Maine attorney general says federal authorities were justified in shooting and killing an Outlaws motorcycle club member in Old Orchard Beach last summer.

Fifty-eight-year-old Thomas Mayne was killed June 15 when agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives tried to arrest him at his home. He was one of 27 Outlaws members from many states named in a federal indictment out of Virginia charging them with crimes ranging from attempted murder to racketeering.

In a report Tuesday, the Attorney General’s Office said the four officers who fired at Mayne won’t face charges because they used deadly force in self-defense. The agents reportedly fired a total of 20 rounds, at least seven of which struck Mayne.

Mayne reportedly had fired six rounds.

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