BANGOR, Maine — The Maine attorney general's office has ruled that Bangor police were justified when they used a stun gun to subdue a man under the influence of drugs.
The man died at a hospital five days later.
The attorney general says use of the Taser on Sept. 12 was within the limits of the law and its use did not result in the Sept. 17 death of 28-year-old Philip McCue. The office says McCue died of poisoning after ingesting the synthetic drug bath salts.
The attorney general has thus decided not to launch a formal investigation.
Deaths in police custody are reviewed as a matter of law.
The review found that McCue "presented significant physical resistance to the attempts to take him into custody," which required use of the stun gun.