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Police: Man sets estranged wife’s house on fire, kills self

FAIRFIELD, Maine – Authorities in central Maine say a man his estranged wife’s house on fire during the middle of the night for fatally stabbing himself in front of the responding officers.

The police in Fairfield say shortly after midnight on Saturday, the 63-year-old Terry Whitney went to his estranged wife’s home, shut off the power, and set fire to his truck and the house.

His wife called the police and escaped unharmed.

When police arrived, they say that Whitney had a burning torch in his hand and walked to the back of the house. Officers used Tasers on him, but they were not effective.

They say that Whitney then pulled a knife and cutting themselves. He died in the hospital.

Police say Whitney had been charged with criminal mischief and domestic violence assault, Oct. 31 and was under court order to keep away from his wife.

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