December 13, 2013

Maine AG: Police OK using deadly force in Calais shooting

Police shot 26-year-old Daniel Pinney shortly after arriving at his home on July 3.

The Associated Press

CALAIS — Maine’s attorney general says it was reasonable for two police officers to believe they had to use deadly force in a July domestic violence-related shooting in Calais.

Police shot 26-year-old Daniel Pinney shortly after arriving at his home on July 3. They said Pinney had shot 21-year-old Megan Sherrard and their 6-week-old son, Luca. The woman was fleeing with her son.

Pinney later died; an autopsy showed he was struck twice in the chest and once in the arm by bullets fired from one of the officers, but that he actually killed himself, firing a gun at his head.

Sherrard and the baby recovered from their wounds.

Attorney General Janet Mills concluded Friday that the officers reasonably believed Pinney was using unlawful deadly force against them, Sherrard and the baby.

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