Maine AG probes after woman killed by officer

KENNEBUNK, Maine (AP) — A woman is dead in the Maine town of Kennebunk after she was shot by a police officer.

The Maine attorney general's office was called to Kennebunk after the shooting, which occurred about 9 p.m. Sunday.

Police say 39-year-old Katherine Paulson confronted officers "with deadly force."

She was then shot and killed by Officer Joshua Morneau.

No further information about the circumstances of the incident is immediately available.

Police say Morneau has been placed on administrative leave, which is standard practice after an officer involved shooting.

The attorney general's office investigates all shootings involving a police officer.

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ANGELA MATTHEWS's picture

Maine AG Probes Shooting of Kennebunk Woman

I was not there to witness this tragedy so I cannot comment on the specifics. What I am confident is that it will be declared that the officer was justified to use "deadly force". If another officer was declared justified, in the shooting of a man in a wheelchair, who would not put his steak knife down, one can likely anticipate a similar outcome this time as well!! And remember they shoot for the heart, it is an unambiguous kill shot. This is part of their training. I don't want any officer of the law to be unnecessarily forced into a life threatening situation, from a sociopath or a deranged psychopath. However, sometimes there are cases where prudent and logical discretion is urgently required.

ANGELA MATTHEWS's picture

Maine AG Probes Shooting of Kennebunk Woman

I was not there to witness this tragedy so I cannot comment on the specifics. What I am confident is that it will be declared that the officer was justified to use "deadly force". If another officer was declared justified, in the shooting of a man in a wheelchair, who would not put his steak knife down, one can likely anticipate a similar outcome this time as well!! And remember they shoot for the heart, it is an unambiguous kill shot. This is part of their training. I don't want any officer of the law to be unnecessarily forced into a life threatening situation, from a sociopath or a deranged psychopath. However, sometimes there are cases where prudent and logical discretion is urgently required.

Steve  Dosh's picture

Maine AG probes after woman killed by officer

Dan , 9 am - iah HST • Monday
it probably is t y p i c a l . In fact, i would venture to guess it is S O P ( Standard Operating Procedure ) . Go to the court room hearing or inquire at the Police station and hear what r e a l l y happened . If it comes to trail you can serve on the j u r y if you have no felonies . Volunteer in your community :) We live in a land of l a w s ,†hank God •
Good reporting L S J ® /s, a former Ombudsman ?
http://www.freedomforum.org/

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Typical police response, and

Typical police response, and typical media reporting. Confronted with 'deadly force?' What deadly force and what did she do that required her to be murdered. Why doesn't the reporter get ALL the facts, before the Attorney General gets to sanitize them. Now the officers will be given an all paid vacation, to recuperate from their trauma, and NOTHING will happen. We need a civilian review board to investigate this murders, since we have no one, in government or the media which will give us the facts.

Deadly force..

What kind of deadly force could a person possibly have done to deserve to be shot..I agree with the first comment, although I can't ever seem to agree or disagree on anything anymore on this site..seems like big brother is not only watching , but blocking a persons right to post..I feel sorry for the womans family and I think more training shoul be done to prevent someone from taking a life..

Bill Whitman's picture

training

i feel bad for all involved too but what i can never understand about these killings is supposedly officers are trained extensively in the use of their weapons. most of the people they face are not professional assasins but just drunks and loonies. why don't they ever just shoot them in the leg. that would throw most people onto the ground where they could be taken into custody. unless you were confronting a ruthless professional killer, most people are going to be so disconcerted by just the officers gun going off that they are not going to react with so-called "deadly force" but in a majority of cases when officers confront people, they end up killing them instead of fulfilling their mission - "to serve and protect". if you don't know how to use a weapon, stay behind a desk.

Naran Row-Spaulding's picture

Heartfelt Prayers

Heartfelt prayers for everyone involved in this situation - the deceased lady's family, as well as the officers who responded to the call. All are grieving today.

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