AUGUSTA — Maine’s attorney general said two police officers were justified when they shot and wounded a Medford man in April 2019.
The report released Friday by Attorney General Aaron Frey said both law enforcement officers believed they would have been shot by Douglas Hazen if they hadn’t shot him.
According to the report, they repeatedly ordered Hazen to drop his weapon.
The incident started when Hazen failed to stop for Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Todd Lyford, who attempted to stop him because of an expired motor vehicle registration.
The report stated Milo Police Chief Damien Pickel joined Lyford in Medford and eventually confronted Hazen at his Partridge Lane home.
According to the report, Pickel discharged his taser at Hazen, who was not affected by it.
Pickel and Lyford then fired several shots and Hazen was shot in his face, chest and stomach.
The report said Hazen was taken to a hospital and was arrested after his release.
In September 2019, Hazen pled no contest to several criminal charges connected to the shooting.
He was sentenced to two years in prison.