Police shooting of Maine man called ‘justified’


AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine Attorney General Janet Mills says a state trooper’s shooting of a Searsport man last December was justified.

Mills says Trooper Corey Smith acted within the law when he shot and wounded 24-year-old Matthew Sylvester in the arm.

Police say the shooting happened early in the morning after Sylvester allegedly shot another man with whom he had been fighting. Smith was investigating the shooting.

Mills says an investigation concluded that Smith reasonably believed that unlawful deadly force was threatened by Sylvester and that the shooting was necessary.