AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine attorney general’s office says a police officer was legally justified in using his gun to try to disable a stolen construction vehicle.

Lewiston Police Sgt. Derrick St. Laurent ended a low-speed chase by shooting at the tires of a front-end loader after two juveniles intentionally rammed a car and swerved at police cruisers.

No one was hurt.

The attorney general’s office said two 14-year-old boys escaped a Litchfield juvenile group home and stole the loader. She said the loader collided with a police cruiser before entering the Maine Turnpike pursued by seven cruisers.

The Maine attorney general investigates police shootings.

Under Maine law, it’s permissible for an officer to use deadly force if the officer believes there’s an imminent threat against someone.

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