Retired Maine Reporter Dies After Gun Handled by Teen Misfires

Police say 71-year-old Michael Harmon died at his home at 7 Buzzell St.

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Maine State Police say a Sanford man is dead after a gun a teenager was handling went off, fatally shooting the man.

Police say 71-year-old Michael Harmon died at his home at 7 Buzzell St.

According to necn affiliate WCSH, Maine State Police said Harmon is a retired reporter/editor/columnist for the Portland Press Herald.

The teenager, 16, was in the home with his father at the time. Harmon was showing the teen the gun at the time. Police say everyone has been cooperating.

An autopsy is scheduled and the case is under investigation by the Attorney General’s Office.

No charges have been announced.

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