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Booby Trap Kills Homeowner: Police

Ronald Cyr, 65, had fixed a handgun on the door
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 1, 2019 2:50 PM CST
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(Newser) – A Maine homeowner has died, apparently by his own hand—and by mistake. Van Buren police responded to a 911 call Thursday at the home of Ronald Cyr, 65, and found him in need of medical attention, WAGM reports. Seems he had fixed a handgun to fire on intruders at the door and planted "unknown devices" around the house. One of them, police say, discharged unintentionally and shot him. Cyr later died in a hospital, per the BBC, which notes it's illegal to booby trap your home in America because "life is more valued than property." People do it anyway, of course, including an Illinois man who was convicted of first-degree murder in September after his rigged shotgun—set up in the shed—took his neighbor's life, the Southern reported at the time. (Read more booby trap stories.)

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