Augusta Man Charged for Assault on a Federal Officer

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FILE PHOTO: Signage is seen at the United States Department of Justice headquarters in Washington, D.C.

PORTLAND, Maine:  U.S. Attorney Darcie N. McElwee announced today that Derik Broox Wight, 41, of Augusta has been charged by criminal complaint with assaulting a federal officer.

According to the criminal complaint, on April 20, 2022, Wight entered the Edmund S. Muskie Federal Building in Augusta with a knife and attacked a security officer contracted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal Protective Service, at one point holding the knife near the officer’s throat. A second officer shot Wight who was then arrested and transported to the hospital for treatment of his wound.

If convicted of the charge, Wight faces up to 20 years imprisonment, a fine of $250,000, or both, followed by up to three years supervised release.

A charge in a criminal complaint is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

 

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