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Man shot to death by handmade device he made to protect home

Man shot to death by handmade device he made to protect home”

A ME man who rigged his home with booby traps to thwart intruders has been killed after tripping one of his own devices.

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, police said in a news release.

When officers arrived, they discovered a device on the front door of the man's home that was created to fire a handgun if anyone attempted to enter, the department said.

It is not unusual for home-owners to install such traps - but it is prohibited.

Police later determined that the shooting was the result of Cyr unintentionally triggering the device.

"Regretfully, Mr. Cyr succumbed to the injuries sustained from the gunshot", said a statement from the Van Buren Police Department.

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It is not recognized how he succeeded to set off the device.

Several other similar devices were also discovered around the residence, prompting authorities to contact bomb squad agents to clear the home, police said.

There have been other cases of booby-trapped houses in the US.

In September previous year, a man in IL was killed when he opened a neighbour's shed that had been rigged to fire a shotgun.

It is unknown my Cyr had set up the booby traps at his home or how he managed to accidentally detonate the device.

The legal argument is that life is more valued than property and that the devices have no means of preventing accidental harm or distinguishing between targets.



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