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Maine hostage taker took his own life, medical examiner says

March 10, 2021 GMT
Law enforcement members walk up Knapp Street, Tuesday, March 9, 2021, in Livermore Falls, Maine, wheeling a bomb disposal unit following a hostage situation at a residence on the street a day earlier. The standoff that dragged on for more than 17 hours ended with the hostage taker dead, the hostages freed and a bomb squad dealing with explosive devices, police said Tuesday. (Donna M. Perry/Sun Journal via AP)
Law enforcement members walk up Knapp Street, Tuesday, March 9, 2021, in Livermore Falls, Maine, wheeling a bomb disposal unit following a hostage situation at a residence on the street a day earlier. The standoff that dragged on for more than 17 hours ended with the hostage taker dead, the hostages freed and a bomb squad dealing with explosive devices, police said Tuesday. (Donna M. Perry/Sun Journal via AP)
Law enforcement members walk up Knapp Street, Tuesday, March 9, 2021, in Livermore Falls, Maine, wheeling a bomb disposal unit following a hostage situation at a residence on the street a day earlier. The standoff that dragged on for more than 17 hours ended with the hostage taker dead, the hostages freed and a bomb squad dealing with explosive devices, police said Tuesday. (Donna M. Perry/Sun Journal via AP)
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Law enforcement members walk up Knapp Street, Tuesday, March 9, 2021, in Livermore Falls, Maine, wheeling a bomb disposal unit following a hostage situation at a residence on the street a day earlier. The standoff that dragged on for more than 17 hours ended with the hostage taker dead, the hostages freed and a bomb squad dealing with explosive devices, police said Tuesday. (Donna M. Perry/Sun Journal via AP)
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Law enforcement members walk up Knapp Street, Tuesday, March 9, 2021, in Livermore Falls, Maine, wheeling a bomb disposal unit following a hostage situation at a residence on the street a day earlier. The standoff that dragged on for more than 17 hours ended with the hostage taker dead, the hostages freed and a bomb squad dealing with explosive devices, police said Tuesday. (Donna M. Perry/Sun Journal via AP)

LIVERMORE FALLS, Maine (AP) — A Maine man who held three people hostage and planted explosive devices in their home was shot by a state trooper, but died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, officials said Wednesday.

The wound from a member of the state police tactical team was not lethal, the medical examiner’s office ruled.

The standoff lasted more than 17 hours in Livermore Falls and ended early Tuesday with the release of the last of three hostages and the death of hostage taker Donald White, 44, of Jay, officials said.

A bomb squad later dealt with explosive devices left inside the home before declaring the area safe and allowing residents to return late Tuesday, law enforcement officials said.

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White had broken into the home and barricaded himself inside, taking three hostages. Kenny Smith, one of the hostages, said White was his daughter’s former boyfriend.