Autopsy planned on man killed by Maine police after Farmingdale standoff

Posted Sept. 26, 2011, at 9:53 a.m.

FARMINGDALE, Maine — An autopsy is being planned on the body of a Maine man shot and killed by state police in Farmingdale.

Officials said 41-year-old Paul Fritze was shot around 8:30 p.m. Saturday after confronting members of the Maine State Police tactical team. Police were called after Fritze allegedly entered a neighbor’s home with a gun during a birthday party and opened fire. No one was hurt inside the house.

State Police spokesman Steve McCausland said Fritze was shot after a four-hour standoff.

The Kennebec Journal said the trooper who fired the fatal shot, Timothy Black, was placed on administrative leave with pay, a standard practice following a fatal shooting.

In 2007, Black shot and killed a man during a domestic dispute. An investigation later determined that shooting was justified.

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