A 65-year-old Maine man was fatally shot after he triggered a booby trap he had set in his house, according to authorities.
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Booby trap shoots, kills homeowner on Thanksgiving Day

Front door of residence was fashioned with a device that fires handgun at intruders

A 65-year-old Maine man was fatally shot after he triggered a booby trap he had set in his house, according to authorities. 

The police department in Van Buren, Maine, received a phone call Thanksgiving evening from the man, Ronald Cyr, 65, saying he had been shot, the department said in a Facebook post. 

An officer, an ambulance and the U.S. Border Patrol responded and provided Cyr with emergency medical help, but he died as a result of his injuries, authorities said. 

“Officers discovered that the front door of the residence had been outfitted with a device designed to fire a handgun should anyone attempt to enter the door,” the police department said. 

Authorities discovered other “unknown devices” in Cyr’s two-story home in Van Buren, a town of about 2,200 people that is more than 300 miles north of Portland, Maine, and borders Canada. The newly discovered devices prompted investigators to ask the Maine State Police and the Maine bomb squad for help. 

After an investigation that lasted into early Friday, authorities determined that Cyr had been shot by an “unintentional discharge of one of his homemade devices.” 

Further information about Cyr was unavailable, and efforts to reach relatives Sunday were unsuccessful. 

On the Van Buren Police Department’s Facebook post, neighbors offered their condolences. 

“Sad day in the town of Van Buren,” one person wrote. “Ron Cyr was a good man.”

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