March 14, 2013

Maine man shoots self as police try to arrest him

State police say the man was about to be arrested on charges of sexual exploitation of a minor.

Morning Sentinel staff reports

TROY – State Police say a man shot himself Wednesday afternoon at his home as he was about to be arrested on child sexual charges.

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Maine State Police troopers and detectives converged at a residence on Barker Road in Troy on Wednesday. Police said a man shot himself at his home as he was about to be arrested for child sexual charges.

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Detectives had gone to the man’s home on Barker Road to arrest him on a charge of sexual exploitation of a minor, according to Department of Public Safety spokesman Steve McCausland.

When the man refused to answer the door, detectives called for the assistance of the State Police tactical team, according to McCausland.

Shortly after the team arrived outside the home, the man shot himself with a .22-caliber rifle, McCausland said. No police officers were involved in the shooting, he said.

The wounded man was transported to a hospital, according to McCausland. His name is being withheld as relatives are notified.

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