AG: Portland police shooting justified

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PORTLAND — The Maine attorney general ruled that a Portland police officer on April 10 was justified in using deadly force and seriously wounding a Veazie man.

Officer Robert Miller shot and seriously wounded 29-year-old Jonathan Mitchell after an early morning, high-speed chase through East Deering. Miller was wanted for allegedly breaking into his ex-girlfriend’s apartment.

Attorney General William J. Schneider’s report said Miller eventually chased Mitchell’s Volkswagen Jetta down dead-end Fairfield Street, which is off Veranda Street.

Miller repeatedly shouted commands at Mitchell that were not heeded, the report states, and made several unsuccessful attempts to reach into Mitchell’s vehicle. When Mitchell backed up and accelerated towards Mitchell, the officer fired two shots, hitting Mitchell in the neck and upper back.

The AG concluded was reasonable for Miller to believe deadly force was being used against him and that deadly force was needed for protection.