Daniel Ryan shot dead by police in Maine – NECN

A man who charged toward police with a burning gasoline can in his hand was shot dead by a deputy sheriff, authorities in the state of Maine said.

The 65-year-old man called Waldo County dispatch Monday afternoon and said he would burn down his Belfast home if police did not respond, the county sheriff’s office and Belfast police said in a joint news release.

The man continued to threaten to burn down the building as deputies and police arrived, the news release said. When they entered the building, “the man attacked officers with a burning gasoline can,” and a deputy shot him, it said.

The man was identified as Daniel Ryan. A search did not immediately reveal a phone number for him or his family members.

The deputy, Sergeant Nicholas Oettinger, will be placed on leave for the duration of the Attorney General’s investigation, the press release said.

According to the Republican Journal, Oettinger worked as a deputy sheriff in Monroe County, Florida, before joining the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office in 2010.

Belfast is located about 35 miles south of Bangor.