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.”