AUBURN, Maine — Attorney General William Schneider says a Lewiston police officer and a sheriff’s deputy met requirements under Maine law for using deadly force when they fired into a car that rammed an officer.
Schneider said Tuesday it was reasonable for the law enforcement officers to fear imminent harm and to have believed deadly force was necessary to protect themselves and others.
The shooting happened early on Nov. 8 at the conclusion of an hour-long car chase.
Authorities say the driver fled on foot before Kyle Corey got into the driver’s seat and drove into an officer. Corey was shot in the shoulder after the injured officer and a deputy opened fire.
It’s unknown which of the officers actually hit Corey. Corey, who’s from Portland, pleaded not guilty.