Skowhegan man’s shooting by Maine State Police justified

Posted April 22, 2011, at 2:57 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine attorney general’s office says state police were justified in shooting a Skowhegan man during a confrontation with a member of the tactical squad.

Attorney General William Schneider said Friday that an investigation of Kemp Lybrook’s shooting last October concluded that it was reasonable for Detective Mark Sperrey to believe that deadly force was imminently threatened against him, Trooper Todd Stetson and other officers in the immediate area when Sperrey shot Lybrook.

The tactical squad had been called in to assist Skowhegan police in dealing with Lybrook, who was brandishing an assault rifle and approaching troopers outside his home when he was shot.

The attorney general’s office said Sperrey fired on Lybrook, hitting him once. Lybrook underwent surgery at a hospital.

 

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