Officer ‘acted within policy’ in fatal shooting – About Your Online Magazine


A Maine police officer “acted within politics” by killing a man with a knife in February, according to an internal review.

Officer Paul Heath of Waterville shot and killed Eric J. Porter, 32, of Hartland, who allegedly charged a police vehicle with a knife on February 11, according to the department’s incident review team report released Friday. fair, reported the Morning Sentinel.

Police chief Joseph Massey said he would have no further comment on the report until the state attorney general’s office completed its own investigation into the shooting.


The review concluded that Heath was properly trained in the use of force and indicates that pepper spray and an electronic stun gun were unsuccessfully deployed by the police before the shooting. Heath’s service weapon was working properly.

Heath fired twice and Porter was hit once, the report found.

The committee that analyzed the shooting also recommended buying body cameras or cruisers for the department, although they made no difference in this case, the report said.

In conclusion, the review concluded that “Officer Heath acted within the policy and that these policies were appropriate for the incident”.

Paula Fonseca