Former Maine columnist fatally shot while showing a boy a gun

SANFORD, Maine – An old former editor and columnist for the Portland Press Herald, died in his home when he was a teenager with a gun and the gun went off while the boy was handling, police said.

Michael Harmon, 71, of Sanford, was fatally shot Wednesday night, police said.

The police said the 16-year-old boy and his father were on Harmon’s home on a visit at the time. She did not say if the two, both of North Berwick, were related to Harmon and not let the teenager’s name.

They also did not immediately describe the type of gun, the Press Herald ( have been reported.

Readers knew Harmon as M. D. Harmon. He worked for the Portland Press Herald and Maine Sunday Telegram for 41 years before his retirement in 2011, and he continued to write a weekly column.

The state medical examiner’s office is scheduled to perform an autopsy. The police said that the case will also be reviewed by the attorney general’s office.

The police said that everyone involved is working together with the research.

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