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Maine Atty. Gen. Rules ATF Agents Justified in Killing Biker

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Four ATF agents who shot and killed a member of the Outlaws motorcycle gang last summer during a gun fight in Old Orchard Beach, Maine, won’t be charged criminally, the the Maine Attorney General has ruled.

In a report issued Tuesday, the Attorney General’s Office concluded  the killing of gang member Thomas Mayne, 38, was justified and in self defense. Agents had gone to his home on June 15 to arrest him.

Agents fired 20 rounds, and hit Mayne at least seven times. Mayne fired six rounds.

“The Attorney General has concluded that at the time that shots were fired at Mr. Mayne, it was reasonable for the four ATF agents who returned fire to believe that deadly force was being used against them,” the report concluded.

“In addition, the agents reasonably believed it was necessary to use deadly force to protect themselves from the use of deadly force against them. Because the agents used deadly force in self defense, no criminal action will ensue against the officers involved in this incident.

“This conclusion is based on an extensive scene investigation that was consistent in all significant respects with the interviews of over 40 individuals, the review of medical records, and other evidence.”

Mayne was one of 27 gang members indicted in federal court in Virginia on a host of charges including attempted murder.

To read the report click here.


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