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Tuesday July 29, 2014

Third in a four-part series: Read Part 1; Read Part 2

Today’s stories

Maine police make spotty use of crisis training
Issues of cost and staffing limit participation in a program that could protect the mentally ill and officers alike.
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Crisis Intervention Team model gives police tools, education

Smart tactics can avoid bloodshed
Police can defuse an armed confrontation through patience, pulling back or knowing how a person with a specific illness might behave.
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Watch video of the Gainesville Police Department’s CIT training.

Portland develops tactical expertise – and shares it
It’s one of six national learning sites on police response to the mentally ill, and many officers have received special training.
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Tasers are proven non-lethal tool, but some Maine police forgo them
The non-lethal weapons – including a long-range shotgun described as an ‘incredible resource’ – catch on slowly in Maine, where investment in equipment and training can be burdensome.
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Neil Begin
Shot and killed
by police April 23, 2010, at his mobile home in Cyr Plantation

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PDFs: Attorney General’s report
Incident Review Team Report, Maine State Police

Justin Crowley-Smilek
Shot and killed by police Nov. 24, 2011, in Farmington
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PDFs: Attorney General’s report
Incident Review Team Report, Farmington PD

Search the database: Police use of deadly force 1990-2012


March 16  James Levier, 60, a deaf man distraught over the sexual abuse of students decades earlier at the Baxter School for the Deaf, is shot to death by Scarborough police when he threatens them with a rifle in a Shop ‘N Save supermarket parking lot.
April 28  Timothy Lever, 32, who is schizophrenic and delusional, is shot and injured by Bangor police responding to a reported home intruder.

Feb. 25  Michael Buchanan, 61, of Somerville, who has bipolar disorder with psychosis, is shot and killed by Lincoln County sheriff’s deputies who are trying to take him into protective custody.
Dec. 25  Michael Montagna, 45, a mentally disturbed man who tells police he is being poisoned, is shot at by a Lincoln County sheriff’s deputy in Jefferson, flees and is later caught.

March 7  Dale Pelletier, 33, who has paranoid schizophrenia, is shot and killed in Acton by York County sheriff’s deputies after a chase in which gunfire is exchanged.
MAY 6  Christopher Pullen, 36, drinking heavily and distraught over a breakup with his girlfriend, sets his house on fire and is shot and killed by Maine State Police during a standoff in Poland.
Dec. 17  Vincent Berube, 40, an emotionally disturbed man who has slashed his wrists and chest with a knife, is shot by Lewiston police in the department’s parking lot but survives.

Dec. 13  Jessica Brown, 47, a distraught woman, points a shotgun at a Portland police officer when he steps into her apartment to investigate harassment charges, but she escapes injury when the officer fires three shots at her and misses.

May 26  Jillian Daniels, 26, who is wanted in connection with armed robberies in New Hampshire and tells police she wants to kill herself or commit “suicide by cop,†is shot and wounded by Sanford police during a confrontation outside her grandmother’s home.
June 6 William Burhoe, 50, a paranoid schizophrenic man from Jay who is quarreling with his adult son, is shot in the leg by a state trooper after Burhoe fires a rifle at police during a confrontation at his home. He survives.
Aug. 26  Richard Duncan, 26, who is high on cocaine, is shot and killed by a Portland police officer while struggling over a handgun that Duncan displays during an investigation of a suspected drug transaction on a city street.

Sept. 22  Scott White, 46, an alcoholic with a history of violent behavior, is shot to death by a state trooper in Rumford after he confronts police with two knives and a Taser fails to stop him.

Sept. 23  Gregori Jackson, 18, who is drunk in violation of his bail conditions, flees from a car pulled over in a traffic stop and is fatally shot during a struggle with a Waldoboro police officer.
Dec. 21  Jason Wentzell, 28, who is suicidal, is shot and killed by a Gardiner police officer and a state trooper on Route 24, where he is holding his estranged wife and family hostage in a car.

Feb. 16  Daniel McDowell, 21, who is drunk and has a history of suicide attempts, is fatally shot by state police and Somerset County sheriff’s deputies in a confrontation in Harmony.