07/08/2010

Police shoot, kill armed man outside Maine VA hospital

Shooting followed reports of gunfire in the nearby woods

Associated Press

AUGUSTA, Maine — Officials say Maine law enforcement officers have shot and killed an armed military veteran within sight of the entrance of a VA hospital outside Augusta.

The Maine attorney general's office says the confrontation Thursday morning in Togus involved the victim, a member of the local police department and two game wardens.

The shooting followed reports of gunfire in the woods. Witness Paul Stevens says officers fired on a man armed with what looked like a rifle.

He says about eight shots were fired, and the man fell to the ground in the woods off Route 17.

The victim's name was not immediately released. But officials say the victim was not a resident or member of the VA hospital staff.

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