AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine Attorney General Janet Mills says a U.S. Border Patrol agent was legally justified in shooting at two Canadian teenagers during a high-speed chase near the Canadian border this past fall.
U.S. Border Agent Christopher Talbert was one of numerous law enforcement officers involved in apprehending the 13-year-old and 16-year-old Ontario residents who stole three vehicles and eluded multiple police barriers before being apprehended.
The attorney general’s report released Wednesday says Talbert fired six times with a handgun at the teenagers when their vehicle rapidly backed-up and threated to run him over.
No one was hurt in the shooting.
The attorney general has the responsibility of investigating when law enforcement use deadly force to determine whether the officer was acting within the law.