Portland police: 2016 killing was self-defense

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PORTLAND — A 31-year-old man stabbed in the parking lot of a Brighton Avenue restaurant two years ago was killed in self-defense, police announced Wednesday.

Anthony Best died May 20, 2016, at Maine Medical Center after being stabbed in an April 28, 2016, fight outside Denny’s at 1220 Brighton Ave. Police Lt. Robert Martin said in a press release the investigation determined he was the aggressor and the unidentified man who stabbed him will not face any charges.

The stabbing occurred around 1:15 a.m., and followed an earlier altercation at PT’s Showclub, 200 Riverside St., where Best and a group of friends were removed from the club “because of their confrontational and aggressive behavior,” Martin said.

The second group of two men and two women had waited to leave the club, but interviews with individuals involved and witnesses showed Best and an acquaintance followed them to Denny’s.

The finding of self-defense came after the police investigation and review by prosecutors in the Office of the Maine Attorney General, Martin said.