Machias Man Killed in Early Morning Shooting


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. Read more


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Corey Graff is the managing editor of the <i><a href="">Standard Catalog of Firearms</a></i> and <i><a href="">Gun Digest</a></i> annual book. In addition, he is the author of <i>What's In Your Bug-Out Bag?</i> and <i>The Comprehensive Guide to Concealed Carry Holsters.</i> His personal interest in firearms includes handguns for hunting and self-defense as well as bolt-action rifles for western hunting.


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