Man shot by US Marshals charged with attempted murder

Posted Jan. 28, 2012, at 11:52 a.m.
Last modified Jan. 29, 2012, at 5:57 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — The U.S. Marshals Service says a 22-year-old Maine man is in stable condition after being shot by officers who were trying to apprehend him in Portland, but he now faces charges of attempted murder of a federal officer and illegal possession of a firearm by a felon.

Officials say Arien L’Italien, of Biddeford, fired a handgun at members of the U.S. Marshals Maine Violent Offender Task Force as they attempted to arrest him on Mellen Street at 5:30 p.m. Friday.

Officers returned fire and struck L’Italien in the leg, who was taken to Maine Medical Center with injuries not considered life-threatening. Nobody else was hurt.

L’Italien was wanted on a felony arrest warrant charging him with aggravated assault in Biddeford. Biddeford police say L’Italien is on probation for felony theft.

Portland police, the FBI and the U.S. Marshals Service are assisting in the investigation.

L’Italien is scheduled to make an initial appearance in federal court on Monday.

BDN reporter Nick McCrea contributed to this story.

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