Reasonable Use of Deadly Force, Says Maine Attorney General

Jon Small

Updated 11 months ago

Maine’s attorney general says it was reasonable for a state trooper to use deadly force in fatally shooting a man in Old Town who had stabbed his girlfriend to death.

Police say 35 year old April Haskell, who was 26 weeks pregnant, was fatally stabbed by 28-year-old Christopher Ouellette in October.

Ouellette had called police to report the stabbing and didn’t cooperate when they tried to find out about Haskell’s condition, barricading himself inside.

The report from the AG says Trooper Barry Meserve fired a shot from the parking lot when Ouellette appeared at a window, killing him.

The attorney general says Meserve reasonably believed it was necessary to use deadly force to try to save Haskell.


  • twyns

    Sounds like a good call to me.

    • Think

      Were you there?

  • Think

    Has the Maine attorney general ever voted the other way? Just curious.

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