Man killed at home by his homemade booby trap

A man was killed on Thanksgiving night by a booby trap he set up in his home in Van Buren, northern Maine, officials say.


The deceased, identified by police as 65-year-old Ronald Cyr of Van Buren, Maine, called 911 after he was shot by his self-made home security device and was taken to a hospital. Sadly, he later died from his injuries.


“Regretfully, Mr. Cyr succumbed to the injuries sustained from the gunshot,” Van Buren police said.


Police later revealed that the shooting was the result of Cyr unintentionally triggering the device he rigged in his home to shoot any intruder who attempts to enter his house.


Man shot and killed at home by his homemade booby trap


Investigators at the scene discovered that Cyr’s front door was rigged with a device “designed to fire a handgun should anyone attempt to enter the door,” according to the police statement. Police reportedly found other “unknown devices” in Cyr’s home that prompted them to call the Maine State Police bomb squad.


Van Buren is on the US-Canadian border, about 320 miles from Portland, the largest city in Maine.

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