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Belfast man dies after confrontation with police

Belfast police said Dennis Ward, 71, died Saturday night after confronting police when he was tasered. Ward died later at a local hospital.

BELFAST (WGME) -- A Belfast man who fired off gunshots during a reported domestic accident and also fire at police died Saturday night after he was tasered by police and taken into custody.

After 7 p.m. Saturday, police responded to Lincolnville Avenue after dispatchers heard gunshots during a call for help about domestic violence.

Dennis Ward confronted police when they arrived with a pistol in his hand and fired shots into the ground, according to a press release. Ward, who was 71, ignored several calls from police to drop the gun.

Ward approached Officer Benjamin Kolko, and Sgt. Matthew Cook fired his taser at Ward as Kolko fired two shots at Ward. The shots missed, but Ward was immobilized long enough for police to arrest him.

Ward was taken to Waldo County General Hospital, where he died around 9:30 p.m. due to complications.

The Maine Attorney General's office will review the case, and Ward's body will be taken for an autopsy with the state medical examiners' office.

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