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Farmington gets more time to respond to shooting suit

12:05 PM, Dec 19, 2013   |    comments
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FARMINGTON, Maine (AP) - A federal judge has given the town of Farmington more time to respond to a wrongful death lawsuit stemming from the fatal police shooting of a U.S. Army veteran.

Authorities said 28-year-old Justin Crowley-Smilek was shot outside Town Hall in November 2011 after threatening Officer Ryan Rosie with a knife. Crowley-Smilek, who served in Afghanistan, was suffering from post-traumatic stress.

The suit filed last month by his parents alleges the officer never called for backup, continued firing after Crowley-Smilek was disarmed and was not fully trained.

Douglas Louison, a lawyer for the town, said the judge agreed to extend from Dec. 9 until Jan. 8 the deadline for officials to file a response to the suit.

Louison tells the Kennebec Journal that the evidence shows Rosie was justified in using deadly force.

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