MEDWAY — A Maine veteran of the U.S. Marines who was shot and killed in a confrontation on federal property near the VA Medical Center at Togus has been laid to rest with military honors.

A Marine honor guard participated in the graveside service for 37-year-old James Popkowski in Medway after a funeral at St. Peter Catholic Church of East Millinocket.

Popkowski was a first lieutenant in the Marines when his service was cut short by a rare form of leukemia.

He died from a single gunshot wound to the neck after a confrontation with a federal officer and two game wardens near the entrance to the VA Medical Center in Augusta. Investigators say preliminary information indicates the officers felt threatened by Popkowski, who was armed with what looked like a rifle.