Fatal police shootings of pair in pickup ruled justified

VASSALBORO, Maine (AP) — The Maine Attorney General’s Office says police officers were justified in fatally shooting two people who were in a pickup truck that rammed a police cruiser.

Investigators say in a report this week that state police Lt. Scott Ireland and Trooper Jeff Parks acted in self-defense in the February 2017 shooting of 25-year-old Kadhar Bailey and 18-year-old Ambroshia Fagre.

The Bangor Daily News <a target=”&mdash;blank” href=”http://bangordailynews.com/2018/03/06/news/mid-maine/report-state-police-justified-in-controversial-shooting-of-man-woman-in-vassalboro/”>reports</a> investigators also determined Vassalboro Police Chief Mark Brown was justified in opening fire. He shot at Bailey but missed.

Police were investigating burglaries in Vassalboro when they discovered Bailey in a truck. Investigators say Bailey refused to drop his gun and crashed into a police cruiser.

The report says Fagre wasn’t visible in the truck when police fired. Fagre’s family says she was an innocent bystander.

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Information from: Bangor Daily News, <a target=”&mdash;blank” href=”http://www.bangordailynews.com”>http://www.bangordailynews.com</a>

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