Attorney General Steven Rowe says a state
trooper was legally justified when he shot and killed a 46-year-old
man two months ago following a seven-hour standoff outside his
ex-wife’s home in Rumford.
Rowe today concluded that Trooper Timothy Black had reason to
believe that Scott White posed an imminent threat when he advanced
on Black and Sgt. William Keith while holding knives in each hand
and refusing Black’s order to get down.
The attorney general said Black, who shot White three times in
the chest and abdomen, reasonably believed that he needed to use
deadly force to protect himself and Keith.
White was free on bail on an attempted murder charge involving a
knife attack on his former wife when he entered the home on Sept.
22, prompting neighbors to call police.