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Farmington police officer will head to train in shooting death of Army veteran


FARMINGTON, Maine — A Farmington police officer will head to trial on charges of excessive force in the 2011 shooting of an Army veteran outside the town police station.

The Morning Sentinel reports ( ) that a federal judge has cleared the town and Police Chief Jack Peck. But Officer Ryan Rosie will be tried in the death of 28-year-old Justin Crowley-Smilek.

The court decision on the requests for summary judgment was handed down Sept. 30 by U.S. Magistrate Judge John Rich following dueling lawsuits filed a year and a half ago.

Rosie shot Crowley-Smilek several times outside the Farmington municipal offices. Police have said Crowley-Smilek had a knife and acted in a threatening way toward Rosie.

Crowley-Smilek was suffering from post-traumatic stress from duty in Afghanistan.

Information from: Morning Sentinel,

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