Maine State Police troopers shot and killed a knife-wielding man after a standoff in Chester early Saturday evening, a state police spokesman said.

Residents of the Penobscot County town reported that the man was walking along Route 116 with a knife, according to Stephen McCausland of the Maine Department of Public Safety.

Police and other officials responded and at one point, McCausland said, the man cut a game warden with the knife.

McCausland said the wound was not serious.

State police negotiators attempted to talk to the man and the State Police Tactical Team was called in. The man was shot shortly before 6 p.m., McCausland said.

The names of the man and of the troopers involved in the shooting are expected to be released Sunday, McCausland said. The case will be referred to the Maine Attorney General’s Office, which investigates all police-involved shootings.

Saturday’s incident brings to eight the number of people killed in officer-involved shootings in Maine this year.

Edward D. Murphy can be contacted at 791-6465 or at:

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