Maine trooper legally justified in shooting

Posted Nov. 10, 2008, at 1:05 p.m.
Last modified March 20, 2011, at 6:16 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine’s attorney general says a state trooper who fired three shots during the apprehension of a Mexico man was legally justified in using deadly force.

The episode unfolded after dark in the rain on June 28 when police found the suspect in a domestic disturbance on a remote logging road. State Trooper Jason Wing fired three shots from his rifle when the man’s pickup truck lurched toward troopers there to apprehend him.

The suspect, 51-year-old Lawrence Lapoint, escaped injury but submitted to arrest. The investigation found that all three shots hit the truck, one of them shattering the windshield.

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