Ex-Cumberland corrections officer indicted in shooting at academy

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AUGUSTA (AP) — A former Maine corrections officer who prosecutors say shot and wounded another corrections officer in June has been formally charged.

The Kennebec Journal reported (http://bit.ly/2y6zMFJ ) a jury on Friday indicted 24-year-old Matthew Benger, of Brunswick, on charges of aggravated assault and reckless conduct with a firearm. Benger had previously appeared in court but was not asked for a plea.

Prosecutors say Benger was leaving the Maine Criminal Justice Academy with 33-year-old Matthew Morrison and 25-year-old Cody Gillis the day of the shooting. Prosecutors say Benger was handling a gun owned by Gillis in his truck when it fired and struck Morrison, who was in the back seat.

Benger also faces a lawsuit.

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