A 65-year-old man was killed by a booby trap he had rigged to protect his home from intruders

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  • Ronald Cyr, of Van Buren, Maine, was killed on Thanksgiving day after he was shot by a self-made booby trap in his home, police said in a Friday news release.
  • Police said Cyr called 911 after he was shot by a device "designed to fire a handgun should anyone attempt to enter the door," police said. He died of his injuries. 
  • Police found other "unknown devices" in Cyr's home and had to call a bomb squad to investigate. 
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A 65-year-old man in Maine was killed on Thanksgiving day by a booby trap he had apparently rigged himself, officials say.

Ronald Cyr, of Van Buren, Maine, was shot by gun that was being used as a rigged home security device, police said in a Friday news release.

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

Cyr had called 911 himself, and was taken to a nearby hospital. He died from his injuries.

Upon arriving at the scene, investigators found Cyr's front door was rigged with a device "designed to fire a handgun should anyone attempt to enter the door," police said.

Police found other "unknown devices" in Cyr's home, and called the Maine State bomb squad.

"Following an extensive investigation that lasted into the early morning hours by the Maine State Police, the Maine State Police Bomb Squad and the Van Buren Police Department, it was determined that Mr. Cyr had been shot as the result of the unintentional discharge of one of his homemade devices," police said.

Michael McCarthy, a spokesman for US Customs and Border Protection, told the Washington Post that Border Patrol assisted the Van Buren police in its investigation.

Van Buren is along the St. John River, directly across the US-Canada border.

"In a lot of states along the northern border, US Border Patrol are deputized as peace officers and often responsible for providing backup to local law enforcement," McCarthy said.

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