Attorney general rules Hampden police officer was justified in shooting man

October 12th, 2013 by admin Leave a reply »

AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine attorney general’s office has ruled the fatal shooting of a Hampden man by a local police officer earlier this year was justified.

Sgt. Christian Bailey of the Hampden Police Department shot and killed Cameron Arrigoni, 21, on June 9 at Arrigoni’s home on Main Road South, according to a previously published report.

“Attorney General Janet T. Mills has concluded that at the time Sgt. Bailey fired his weapon at Mr. Arrigoni, Sgt. Bailey actually and reasonably believed that deadly force was imminently threatened against him, and that it was reasonable for Sgt. Bailey to believe it necessary to use deadly force to protect himself from the imminent threat of deadly force by Mr. Arrigoni,” Mills said in a report issued Friday.

Bailey, a 20-year veteran of the Hampden force, was placed on paid administrative leave while the shooting was investigated. He was cleared to return to duty on June 27.

Since 1995, Maine’s attorney general has investigated any shooting involving a law enforcement officer who fires his or her weapon while acting in the performance of his or her duties, according to Tim Feeley, spokesman for the AG’s office.

Data provided by Feeley showed that between 1995 and 2012 there were 84 shootings by officers in Maine. Of those, 41 resulted in deaths. Arrigoni is one of four people killed in the seven shootings by officers so far in 2013.

Officers have been cleared in all the shootings since 1995 except for four pending cases that have

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