HERMON — A 24-year-old man said he was in a fight for his life when he shot two Bangor men who forced their way into his apartment, mortally wounding one of them.

The shooting took place about 9 a.m. Thursday, when a woman and two men he didn’t know burst into his apartment in Hermon, Daniel Williams said. One man came at him with a knife and cut him on the abdomen, he said. One of the men then hit him over the head with an electric guitar before both of them kicked him and his roommate while they were on the floor.

When he broke free, Williams grabbed his .22-caliber handgun from his bedroom and shot one of the intruders, 19-year-old Philip McIntyre, in the leg, he told the Bangor Daily News. He shot the other man, 30-year-old Robert Dellairo, in the hip when Dellairo lunged at him a short time later outside the apartment.

Dellairo later died of his injures. McIntyre was treated at a Bangor hospital and was being charged with burglary.

“They attacked me in my home, and I had to protect myself,” Williams said.

Police are continuing to investigate the home invasion and determine a motive.

Williams said he didn’t know Dellairo, McIntyre or the woman who broke into his apartment, but he thinks they were accompanied by a woman who was a high school classmate of his and was in a car that was used to drive the men to the hospital after the shooting. He said the woman is an acquaintance he recently ran into and that she was aware that he works as a contractor and owns an event-organizing business.

He speculated that his apparent business success could have led the woman to believe he had things of value in his apartment worth stealing.

Williams said he acted in self-defense, but he’s had a hard time accepting how the incident came to an end.

“I’m very banged up about it,” he said. “I’ve shed a lot of tears behind closed doors for Bobby Dellairo and his family.”

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