BANGOR, Maine — A man whose 21-year-old son was shot and killed by Hampden police two years ago has filed a wrongful death suit against the officer who fired the fatal shot, the chief of police and the town.
The Maine attorney general’s office found in October 2013 that Sgt. Christian Bailey, a more than 20-year veteran of the Hampden Police Department, was justified in using deadly force against Cameron Arrigoni. That decision will have no impact on the case, attorney Edward Benjamin of Portland, who represents the police and the town, said Tuesday.
In addition to Bailey and the town, the complaint also named Chief of Police Joseph Rogers.
The lawsuit originally was filed June 1 by Verne E. Paradie Jr., the Lewiston attorney representing Arrigoni’s father, Charles Arrigoni, 53, of Winterport, in Penobscot County Superior Court. Last week, the attorney for the town of Hampden moved it to U.S. District Court.
A trial date has not been set.
The incident on June 9, 2013, that led to Cameron Arrigoni’s death began when he told his live-in girlfriend that he was going to commit suicide and got a gun out of his car, the attorney general’s office said in its report on the shooting. She called 911 about 9:15 p.m. but hung up when he again threatened to kill himself.
When Bailey and Officer William Miller arrived, Cameron Arrigoni was trying to break down the locked door of the bedroom where the girlfriend had gone in an attempt to call 911