EASTBROOK, Maine — A local homeowner told Maine State Police Monday that he shot and killed a man who assaulted him after the resident was lured out of his home by a woman claiming to have been involved in a motor vehicle crash nearby.
Police did not release the homeowner’s name but identified the dead man as Nicholas Richards, 23, of Machias. After an autopsy was conducted Monday morning, the State Medical Examiner’s Office classified the death as a homicide as a result of a gunshot wound to the chest.
The shooting occurred early Monday morning at a mobile home located at 24 Roaring Brook Road, off the Sugar Hill Road, according to Maine State Police spokesman Stephen McCausland.
Troopers responded to two separate 911 calls, one of which came from the homeowner, at about 2 a.m. Monday. Investigators are not disclosing the name of the second caller.
McCausland said the homeowner reported that two people assaulted him after he was lured outside his residence by a woman who claimed to have been involved in an accident nearby.
McCausland did not elaborate on what might have spurred the attack on the homeowner.
The police spokesman said the homeowner fired the shot that killed Richards but added that no one had been arrested as of late Monday afternoon.
Detectives have taken possession of the gun believed to have been used in the shooting but have not disclosed what type of firearm was used. The gun will be sent to the state police crime lab for analysis, McCausland said.
Although police had not cordoned off the site Monday afternoon, a state trooper was parked at the top of the driveway throughout the day to prevent unauthorized entry.
McCausland said Monday afternoon that police would continue to search the property for any evidence and assess how it matches up with the medical examiner’s findings.
“There are still a lot of questions that investigators are attempting to resolve,” McCausland said.