Attorney general finds officers justified in fatal shooting – About Your Online Magazine


AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – Maine’s chief prosecutor will not file criminal charges against four police officers who fatally shot a man holding a knife they say they think is a firearm.

Attorney General Aaron Frey said in a letter on Monday that the four police officers were justified in shooting Jason Gora, 44, in February last year, WGME-TV reported. Police officers were initially placed on paid leave after the shooting.

The letter described over a day of interactions between members of Gora’s family and the Auburn Police Department about concerns that Gora was expressing suicidal thoughts and was a danger to himself.

When police officers finally spotted him driving his vehicle on February 2, 2020, Gora took off and Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Department officers followed him in a high-speed chase, the attorney general’s investigation found.

Gora finally crashed his vehicle into a Mechanic Falls Police Department official’s car, got out of the car and ran into a field where the police said he turned to them holding what they thought was a gun.

All four opened fire, killing Gora. The officers found a large knife near Gora, but not a weapon. The attorney general concluded that the police reasonably feared that they were in serious danger and were justified in using lethal force.

An autopsy found that Gora was hit eight times and had high levels of methamphetamine in his system.

In more than 130 analyzes of the use of lethal force by law enforcement officers since 1995, the Maine Attorney General’s Office concluded that officers were justified and should not face criminal charges, the broadcaster said.

Paula Fonseca