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Police Shoot Armed Woman at Maine Cabin

May 16, 1992

JACKMAN, Maine (AP) _ Police shot and killed a woman at her home in the woods Saturday after she fired at campers and pointed a rifle at officers when they stormed her cabin, a state official said.

Three officers, who had tried to coax the woman outside, entered the cabin shortly after midnight, believing the rifle was out of her reach, said Fernand LaRochelle of the state attorney general’s office.

Instead, she pointed the weapon at them and they shot her, said LaRochelle, whose office is investigating.

″They just didn’t know,″ he said. ″They believed at this point it would be a good time to go in.″

The woman, 51, was not immediately named, pending notification of relatives. She lived alone in the cabin at Dennistown Plantation, near the northern Maine town of Jackman.

Four men camping in a tent nearby Friday night said the woman ordered them to leave. When they refused, she returned with a .22-caliber rifle and fired several shots, LaRochelle said.

The men fled to Jackman, where they contacted police. A state trooper and two sheriff’s deputies tried to persuade the woman to surrender, LaRochelle said.

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