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Maine officer killed by shots fired by warden

November 11, 2011

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AUGUSTA, Maine—An autopsy has determined that a Rumford police officer who was fatally shot during an armed confrontation died from gunshot wounds from three rounds fired by a game warden.

Attorney General William Schneider said Friday that 46-year-old Eric Richard died as a result of three wounds he suffered when he was shot by Warden Jeremy Judd.

Richard was killed Thursday morning in a wooded area of Rumford. The Maine Warden Service and state police troopers with a tracking dog were helping Rumford police search for Richard, who was armed and had been reported as despondent.

Warden Service Col. Joel Wilkinson says Judd has put on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.