HAMPDEN — Maine State Police identified the man who shot his girlfriend and then killed himself at a Hampden house where a state police SWAT team had assembled.

The shooter was identified Saturday as 53-year-old Lawrence Beaute.

Spokesman Steve McCausland of the state Public Safety Department said Beaute used a 9 millimeter handgun to kill 53-year-old Katherine Hunt. She was killed inside her two-story house after she returned from her job as a welder at General Electric in Bangor. The SWAT team responded Friday to reports of a gunshot.

Detectives call Hunt’s death a domestic violence homicide. Beaute had lived in Jacksonville, Fla., and moved in with Hunt a year ago.

Police say he was a medical technician at a Veterans Affairs facility in Bangor.


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