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Man killed by own gun booby trap at Maine home

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A man has died after the booby trap device he set up in his home went off, shooting him fatally.


Officers in Van Buren, Maine, were called to reports of a man being shot in the early evening of Thursday.


The victim had called 911 and reported he had been hit by a weapon, the 8WAGM news service said.


A dispatched police patrol and accompanying paramedics found the man injured in his home.


After carrying out an investigation, they found that the front door of the house had been fitted with a device that shot a handgun at anyone attempting to open the door.


Other devices were also discovered, prompting the officers to call the bomb squad.


The Maine State Police and Van Buren Police Department investigators concluded he had been shot as a result of one of his homemade devices unintentionally discharging.


The victim was identified as 65-year-old Ronald Cyr. He was taken to hospital but later died.


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"Mark and Lorraine, who identified themselves as two of Ronald’s siblings, said Ronald had long complained that items such as tools and car painting supplies had gone missing. They alleged that Ronald Cyr complained to authorities, but police treated him “like he was senile”, Mark claimed."



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