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Two fatally shot by convicted sex offender, police say

Anthony W. LordMaine Sex Offender Registry

A man with a criminal past went on a rampage through several communities in Maine on Friday, shooting and killing two people, wounding three others, and abducting a 22-year-old woman before he was arrested at a relative's house, according to State Police.

Anthony W. Lord, 35, is charged with two counts of murder and one charge of kidnapping, officials said, but additional charges are likely. Authorities did not comment on a motive behind the violence.

Lord's alleged bloody crime spree in northern Maine unfolded when police were called to a barn fire at the residence of Kim Irish, 55, on Aroostook Road in Benedicta, at about 8:30 p.m. Thursday. The state fire marshal's office is investigating the fire, and could not be reached for comment Friday night.


At 4:40 a.m. Friday, in Silver Ridge Township, Lord allegedly broke into the home of Kary Mayo, where he stole guns and a pickup truck. He also allegedly tied up Mayo and assaulted him, Maine State Police Lieutenant Sean Hashey said at a press conference Friday.

About a half-hour later, police responded to a call from the Irish residence, where they found Kim Irish with a gunshot wound. Lord allegedly had shot her, and kidnapped her daughter, Brittany Irish, 22, after shooting Brittany's boyfriend, Kyle Hewitt, 22.

Hewitt was airlifted to a local hospital, where he died from his wounds.

Around the same time, Carlton Eddy was driving near the Irish residence when Lord allegedly shot at the window of his vehicle and hit Eddy in the shoulder. He and Kim Irish are expected to survive.

At 5:50 a.m., a police officer in East Millinocket spotted the stolen pickup truck, and a high-speed chase ensued.

Hashey said the driver of the pickup truck fired shots at the officer, who was not injured. Police were unable to catch the truck, Hashey said.


A short while later, police received a call for a shooting at woodlot on Winn Road in Lee, where 54-year-old Clayton McCarthy of Mattawamkeag was allegedly wounded by Lord, and Kevin Tozier, 58, of Lee, was shot and killed. McCarthy is expected to survive.

Police said Lord then stole a different truck from the woodlot. A number of law enforcement officers assisted in searching for the vehicle, which was found in Haynesville on Friday afternoon.

Lord was located in Houlton when his uncle, who was not identified, called from his home to report Lord's whereabouts, police said.

Brittany Irish was also found in the Houlton home, and was unharmed.

Lord was taken into custody "without incident," police said.

Members of the Irish family could not be reached for comment Friday night.

Lord is a resident of Crystal and Houlton, two communities east of Baxter State Park. He had been convicted previously of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor.

"This is extremely rare to have these types of crimes in a such a short duration over such a spread-out area," Hashey said.

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