Attorney general upholds marshals’ use of deadly force in Portland shooting

Posted Aug. 17, 2012, at 11:34 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — The Maine attorney general’s office says two law enforcement officers met the legal threshold for using deadly force during a shootout on a Portland sidewalk.

Investigators said Friday that U.S. Deputy Marshal Michael Tenuta and Special U.S. Deputy Marshal John Gill, part of a violent offender task force, each fired four times after Arien L’Italien of Biddeford fired at them as they attempted to arrest him on Jan. 27 in Portland.

L’Italien, who was shot in the leg, is in federal prison after pleading guilty to charges including assaulting a federal officer and being a felon in possession of a gun.

Following the shootout, L’Italien made the news again when he managed to sneak out of his jail cell to have a tryst with a female inmate.

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