Office of the Attorney General Releases Names of Victim and Officers Involved in Confrontation at Togus

July 8, 2010

Contact: Kate Simmons (207) 215-5088

Augusta - Shortly after 9 am a police-involved shooting occurred near the Route 17 gate of the Togus Veterans Affairs Medical Center. James F. Popkowski, 37, of Medway, was fatally injured. Togus police officer Thomas Park and Sergeant Ron Dunham of the Maine Warden Service used deadly force against Popkowski. Warden Joey Lefebrve witnessed the confrontation, but did not use deadly force. An autopsy will be conducted on Popkowski at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner tomorrow.