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Maine man dies after being shot by his own booby trap

NBC News logo NBC News 5 days ago Kalhan Rosenblatt
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A Maine man was killed after being shot by a device he had installed on the front door to protect his home from intruders.

On Thursday evening, the Van Buren Police Department dispatched officers to the home of Ronald Cyr, 65, who reported that he had been shot, according to officials.

Officer Chandler Madore and the Van Buren Ambulance Service arrived to provide medical assistance to Cyr, and discovered that the front door of Cyr's home had been "outfitted with a device designed to fire a handgun should anyone attempt to enter the door," according to a press release.

Police also discovered numerous other "unknown devices" in the home that needed to be investigated by the bomb squad.

Cyr was taken to a nearby hospital where he died from the gunshot he sustained.

Police later determined that Cyr had died as a result of being unintentionally shot by one of his homemade devices.

Details about the homemade device were not immediately available.


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