May 23, 2018
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Police identify man killed in Hollis standoff

By Dawn Gagnon, BDN Staff

HOLLIS, Maine — Maine State Police released the name of the man who was shot and killed Thursday afternoon in an armed confrontation with state troopers.

John Knudsen, 61, was shot about 2:15 p.m. after he fired a shot from a handgun in the direction of state police troopers who were outside his home, Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland said.

Knudsen came to the front doorway of his house, made comments to police and then fired a shot, McCausland said. Trooper Tyler Stevenson returned fire and shot Knudsen, he said.

Knudsen was pronounced dead at the scene, McCausland said.

Stevenson is a nine-year veteran of the Maine State Police and a member of its tactical team, which was sent to to the scene along with negotiators.

As is standard procedure, Stevenson was placed on administrative leave with pay.

Troopers were called to the home late Thursday morning after Knudsen’s wife reported that her husband had threatened her and then fired a shot. She then fled the home.

The Maine attorney general’s office will investigate the circumstances and release a full report at a later date, as is routine with all police shootings.

BDN writer Ryan McLaughlin contributed to this report.

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