A 65-year-old Maine man died after triggering a homemade security device, police said.
Ronald Cyr called 911 to report he had been shot on Thanksgiving evening at home, Van Buren Police said in a press release. While emergency medical services rendered first aid, police discovered a booby trap designed to fire a handgun at anyone trying to enter the front door. Officers found more “unknown devices” in the house and called the Maine State Police Bomb Squad.
Cyr was pronounced dead at a local hospital from the gunshot wound, police said. Investigators later determined one of his homemade devices unintentionally discharged and shot him.
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Further details weren’t immediately available. Van Buren is on the Canadian border, about 320 miles from Portland, the largest city in Maine.
Possessing a booby trap device is illegal in some states, including Kentucky, where a man was arrested earlier this year for having one on his porch.
Contributing: The Associated Press