Police kill armed man in Hollis standoff

Posted Dec. 12, 2013, at 3:47 p.m.
Last modified Dec. 12, 2013, at 7:06 p.m.

HOLLIS, Maine — A man involved in a standoff in Hollis Thursday afternoon was shot and killed in an armed confrontation with state police.

Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland said the standoff began around noon when the gunman fired a shot after his wife had fled from the home.

The deceased man’s name was not released.

Route 35 was closed near the scene and negotiators and members of the State Police tactical team joined troopers in trying to negotiate with the gunman.

The suspect was shot outside the home at about 2:15 p.m. and was pronounced dead at the scene. The trooper involved in the shooting is a tactical team member and was not injured.

Route 35 remains closed and will likely remain so during the evening commute as police continue to investigate.

The Maine Attorney General’s office has sent a team of investigators to the scene, as is standard protocol in police shootings.