Friday, 24 May 2019 20:41

Jury sides with Augusta officer in excessive force lawsuit

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AUGUSTA - A federal jury vindicated an Augusta police officer who was accused of using excessive force.

According to court records, Jason Begin filed a civil suit against Laura Drouin, accusing her of using excessive force when she shot him three times during a 2015 incident at an Augusta hospital.

A spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney's office said the jury sided with Officer Drouin and returned a verdict in her favor.

Drouin shot Begin at the hospital when he pulled a knife and slashed both his arms.

The jurors agreed with Drouin that Begin presented a threat to her.

National News