AUGUSTA – The Maine Attorney General’s Office has ruled three Somerset County Sheriff’s Dept. officers were justified in their use of deadly force when they killed a Madison man in 2017.
Tuesday, investigators determined then Chief Deputy James Ross, then Detective Michael Ross and Deputy Sheriff Joseph Jackson were acting in self-defense when they shot and killed 52-year-old Carroll Tuttle, Jr., of Madison.
Tuttle had gone on a shooting spree in July of 2017, killing his longtime partner Lori Hayden, his son Donald Tuttle, and a neighbor, Michael Spaulding.
Tuttle also shot at Harvey Austin, Hayden’s brother-in-law, as well as Chief Deputy Ross, at the residence on Russell Road.
As a result of the armed confrontation with officers, Tuttle was killed.
The investigation into the incident revealed the three officers were aware Tuttle was using unlawful deadly force.
The Attorney General’s Office report said it’s reasonable for the officers to believe it necessary to use deadly force to protect themselves.