AG: Kennebunk officer acted in self-defense

Posted Aug. 02, 2011, at 11:32 a.m.
Last modified Aug. 02, 2011, at 1:16 p.m.

AUGUSA, Maine — The Maine attorney general’s office has found a Kennebunk officer acted in self-defense when he fatally shot a woman who was advancing on him with a knife.

The investigation concluded Tuesday that 39-year-old Katherine Paulson removed a knife from a butcher block holder and advanced on officer Joshua Morneau after he and another officer responded to a domestic disturbance in March. Paulson was shot four times by Morneau.

Police responded after Paulson’s mother dialed 911 to say she was concerned for her safety and wanted Paulson out of her Kennebunk home.

The investigation found that Paulson had previous run-ins with police while living in Massachusetts and was twice arrested for assaulting police officers.

An attorney hired by the family did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.

 

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