Confrontation leads to Maine man being shot


The Associated Press

GARDINER, Maine—A 28-year-old man was fatally shot following an armed confrontation with police in South Gardiner. The state attorney general's office is investigating.

more stories like thisWitnesses say Jason Wentzell of Vassalboro was waving a rifle while standing in Route 24 Friday afternoon. A Gardiner officer and state trooper were called to the scene.

It's not clear what set off the shooting or who shot Wentzell, but authorities say both the Gardiner officer and trooper discharged their weapons.

Gardiner Police Chief James Toman says this was the first police shooting in Gardiner.

Toman says Gardiner Officer James Gioia fired his weapon. The attorney general's office says state Trooper Chris Rogers also discharged his weapon.

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