Hiram standoff comes to an end after gunman shot and killed

A man in rural Oxford county has died after a 12-hour standoff at a his home.On Saturday at 10:45 a.m., 59-year-old Reed Rickabaugh of Hiram, came out of his home on Tripptown road and an armed confrontation occurred that resulted in him being shot and killed by state troopers, authorities said. Police involvement with Rickabaugh started on Thursday with reports of shots being fired at his neighbor’s house. Rickabaugh would only speak to the investigating deputy through a closed door. Police say the investigation continued Friday night.Rickabaugh answered the door armed with a handgun and fired at deputies, striking their vehicle, after being asked to drop the gun. State police crisis negotiation and tactical teams were requested by the Oxford county Sheriff’s Office. They attempted throughout the night to contact Rickabaugh, who shot at officers several times from inside, twice hitting occupied police cruisers, according to police. Several attempts to persuade Rickabaugh to leave his residence were unsuccessful.As in all cases of the use of deadly force by law enforcement, the Maine Attorney General’s Office is the lead investigating agency. As is also normal protocol, the two officers involved were placed on paid administrative leave. No police officers were injured from this incident.

A man in rural Oxford county has died after a 12-hour standoff at a his home.

On Saturday at 10:45 a.m., 59-year-old Reed Rickabaugh of Hiram, came out of his home on Tripptown road and an armed confrontation occurred that resulted in him being shot and killed by state troopers, authorities said.

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Police involvement with Rickabaugh started on Thursday with reports of shots being fired at his neighbor’s house. Rickabaugh would only speak to the investigating deputy through a closed door. Police say the investigation continued Friday night.

Rickabaugh answered the door armed with a handgun and fired at deputies, striking their vehicle, after being asked to drop the gun. State police crisis negotiation and tactical teams were requested by the Oxford county Sheriff’s Office. They attempted throughout the night to contact Rickabaugh, who shot at officers several times from inside, twice hitting occupied police cruisers, according to police. Several attempts to persuade Rickabaugh to leave his residence were unsuccessful.

As in all cases of the use of deadly force by law enforcement, the Maine Attorney General’s Office is the lead investigating agency. As is also normal protocol, the two officers involved were placed on paid administrative leave.

No police officers were injured from this incident.