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Maine Trooper Cleared In Shooting

October 09, 2013  | 

Photo of Trooper Wing courtesy of Maine State Police.
Photo of Trooper Wing courtesy of Maine State Police.
A Maine State Police trooper was justified in using deadly force when a man pointed a hunting rifle at him in June, the state's attorney general announced Tuesday.

Trooper Jason Wing shot James Reynolds, 18, during a June 8 encounter in West Paris after responding to a report of a suspicious person at 6:11 p.m. Dispatchers relayed to Trooper Wing that Reynolds' mother had reported him missing and had suffered from mental health disorders, was a danger to himself, and had attempted suicide in the past.

The trooper then encountered Reynolds near a seasonal residence about 80 feet from the trooper with objects in both hands. The trooper ordered Reynolds to "drop what's in your hands." Reynolds responded with, "F**k you!" and displayed a .35-caliber lever-action hunting rifle that he pointed at the trooper.

The trooper drew his .45-caliber service pistol and took cover behind his patrol car. He again gave Reynolds several commands to drop the rifle. Reynolds again yelled, "F**k you," and leveled the rifle at the trooper. Wing fired three rounds at Reynolds that struck him in the head, arm, and leg.

Trooper Wing provided medical treatment to Reynolds at the scene. He was taken by helicopter to a Lewiston hospital, where he succumbed to his wounds.

Trooper Wing graduated from the state police academy in 2008 with the 58th recruit class. He served four years active duty in the Marine Corps infantry including two combat tours in Iraq.

Comments (5)

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SP6468 @ 10/9/2013 5:25 PM

The suspect pointed a gun at Tpr Wing. Unfortunately the suspect did not comply with Tpr Wing's commands. I'm glad to hear Tpr Wing made it home safely. Tpr Wing, thank you for serving the citizens of Maine and our country. Stay safe.

Larry Johnson @ 10/10/2013 8:09 AM

That ois happened on June 8 and Trooper Wing has only been cleared now? That processs should have taken a week at most. The state of Maine has a serious case of the slows! It is grossly unfair to any officer to leave him/her hanging for that long.

R Mansfield @ 10/10/2013 9:38 AM

Trooper Wing, I am a retired Police Officer who has survived a few shooting incidents myself. I congatulate you on your service in the Marine Corps, and your service as a State Trooper. I am so glad that you survived this shooting incident. I am proud of you, and I am sure that the Law Enforcement community in this country (at least the street cops) are proud of you as well. get counseling if you need it. I wish that I had. God bless, and best wishes, Sir.

S.S. @ 10/11/2013 6:47 AM

Finally! Some good news. It took some time,but glad to know it worked out Trooper Wing.

Michael D. Williams @ 9/16/2015 12:00 PM

As a former military police officer and V.P.S.O. from the state of Alaska, at least the amount of force was justified according to the conditions that you were under. Being with a Maine State Trooper (Trooper Robert D. Stevens) as a boy and as a military police officer back in 1979 was a great honor and we had a safe patrol during those shifts. Semfer phi Trooper Wing.

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