A man was shot and killed by Portland Police officers Sunday night after reportedly pointing a gun at officers during a traffic stop, according to a Monday press release by the Portland Police Department.
Portland Police say they received a report at around 11:40 p.m. Sunday of an aggravated assault in progress where a handgun was displayed.
The suspect fled in a vehicle prior to the officers’ arrival, and was later located by responding officers driving south on Interstate 295.
Officers then initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle on the southbound Exit 2 off-ramp of 295.
When the officers attempted to communicate with the suspect, 42-year-old Kyle Desmarais, police say he exited the vehicle and pointed a firearm at them.
Officer Jacob Webster and Officer Jordin Jackson then exchanged gunfire with Desmarais.
Desmarais was struck by the officers’ gunfire, and both of the officers’ police vehicles were struck by Desmarais’ gunfire — but neither officer was injured, according to Portland Police.
Police say the officers administered emergency first aid but Desmarais was pronounced dead at the scene.
The incident is being investigated by the Maine Attorney General’s Office, and is being assisted by the Maine State Police Evidence Response Team.
As per Portland Police Department protocol in all cases of officer-involved shootings, both officers will be placed on administrative leave.