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Maine man shot after nearly day-long standoff

A 50-year-old man was shot by a Maine state trooper before dawn Sunday after a standoff with police on Route 179, North Street, in Ellsworth, Maine, police said.

Trooper Scott Duff, a 17-year veteran of the force, shot Jeffrey Barnard of Ellsworth, according to a spokesman for the Maine State Police.

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Details of the shooting are being investigated by the state attorney general’s office, said Stephen McCausland, the State Police spokesman.

The 19-hour standoff began about 11 a.m. Saturday when police tried to arrest Barnard on warrants for theft and assault and battery, police said. The warrants stemmed from a dispute with a landlord, said Ellsworth police Officer Troy Bires.

Barnard was armed with a .22-caliber rifle and “became agitated and made threats about burning the place down with gas,” Bires said.

He then barricaded himself and his wife, Vicki Barnard, 56, inside the camper, Bires said. State Police requested a tactical team and team of negotiators to help, he said.

The standoff ended around 6 a.m. Sunday, according to Bires, who said Jeffrey Barnard was taken to an area hospital for treatment where he remained Sunday evening.

Barnard had not been charged with any crimes as of Sunday, “as he is still incapacitated,” Bires said. No more details were available Sunday.

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