AUGUSTA — The Maine Attorney General’s office says two Lewiston police officers were justified when they shot and wounded a woman who had tried to run over one of the officers with a car.

The investigation says officers Raymond Vega and Keith Caouette acted in self-defense when they shot at 28-year-old Kristy Lee Cookson on Dec. 1.

Cookson was hit in the neck by a single shot fired by Caouette.

The investigation says a vehicle driven by Cookson refused to stop when Vega tried to pull it over. After a 2½-mile chase that reached speeds of 80 mph, the car crashed. Cookson then backed the car up in the direction of Caouette.

Caouette and Vega fired a total of five shots.

Cookson was charged with a variety of offenses.


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