A 25-Year-Old Presque Isle Man Shot by Police has Died
A 25-year-old Presque Isle man who was hospitalized after being shot by police has died from his injuries.
The incident began when Presque Isle Police responded to an alleged road rage incident on Saturday. A suspect had allegedly pointed an assault-style rifle at two people and then fled the scene. A post on the Presque Isle Police Department's Facebook page indicated that they were looking for Jacob Poitraw of Presque Isle. WGME-TV reports Poitraw contacted police, at some point, and told them he would not turn himself in. He also allegedly made threats against the police.
On Sunday, Sergeant Tyler Cote saw Poitraw driving and attempted to get him to pull over. Police say Poitraw took off and Cote gave chase through Presque Isle. During the pursuit, Poitraw allegedly rammed Cote's cruiser several times with his vehicle. The chase ended at Main and Davis Streets, where Poitraw allegedly rammed the cruiser once again, disabling it, and Cote shot him.
Poitraw was taken to a local hospital, where he later died from his injuries.
The incident is now under investigation by the Maine Attorney General's Office, which is standard procedure in any police-involved shooting. Sergeant Cote has been placed on administrative leave, pending the outcome of the investigation.
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