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Police say Massachusetts man with Maine ties shot himself with woman in trunk

Maine State Police say a Massachusetts man shot himself when they pulled him over Thursday night, and then, they found the body of a Massachusetts woman in his trunk. (WGME)

GARDINER (WGME) -- Police have released the name of the Massachusetts man who shot himself after being stopped by police in Gardiner, but the identity of the woman's body inside the trunk of his vehicle has not been identified.

Maine State Police said Gyrth Rutan, 34, of Sturbridge, Mass. was stopped by a trooper on Timberwood Drive Thursday afternoon.

Rutan got out of his vehicle and shot himself in the head with a shotgun wound, according to an autopsy by the state medical examiner's office.

"I saw the whole thing! sitting right there on my porch. - it was like seeing a scene in a movie," said Sallie Duncklee. "The tires were screaming - and he was going really fast."

Rutan was stopped by a state trooper after reports of erratic driving on I-295.

"I don't know if he tried to come down here to get away because it is a peaceful place... place to hide. I don't know if he felt safer coming down here," Courtney Brown said.

Police discovered the body of a woman in the trunk.

"that's kind of really close to home - I don't know how anyone else could take that. Obviously the guy was going through something and that's pretty sad," Brown said.

The investigation into the woman's death has been turned over the Worcester County District Attorneys office. The woman is a Massachusetts woman, the DA's office said.

"It's tragic... it's scary and I just hope they can figure out what happened," Duncklee said.

Maine State Police said it is not clear why Rutan drove to Maine, but he has family in Maine and his Facebook page shows he grew up in Brewer.

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