CUSHING, Maine — Maine State Police have charged a Tenants Harbor man with murder in connection with the shooting death of a Cushing man Thursday night.
In custody is 40-year-old Andrew Kierstead, who is being held Friday morning for evaluation at Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport, Maine Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland said in a press release. McCausland said Friday that Kierstead was being treated for an unspecified medical issue.
Kierstead is charged in connection with the death of 48-year-old Richard Mills of Far Meadow Lane in Cushing, according to the release.
The Maine Medical Examiner’s Office in Augusta said late Friday that Mills died from multiple gunshot wounds and declared the death a homicide. The autopsy was performed Friday.
Kierstead was taken into custody by Knox County Sheriff’s Office deputies after they were called to the scene shortly before 8 p.m., the release said.
State police detectives worked through the night gathering evidence, processing the scene and conducting interviews, McCausland said.
The two men knew each other, according to McCausland.
A Maine State Trooper remained stationed at the end of the driveway of 40 Far Meadow Lane on Friday morning with yellow tape stretched across the driveway.
Far Meadow Lane is a dirt road off Route 97 with eight homes on it. Mills’ home is tucked away in a wooded area and cannot be seen from the other homes.
Mills lived alone, according to McCausland.
Nobody was around at any of the nearby homes on Friday morning.
Kierstead has no recent criminal record. The only court listing for him is an arrest in November 2011 for failure to appear for a contempt hearing from small claims court over a $112 bill to Montgomery Oil. He was later fined in Rockland District Court for the failure to appear.
A neighbor to Kierstead, Jonathan Bailey, said he was shocked by the news when informed of the arrest Friday morning. Kierstead worked as a carpenter, according to Bailey. He said he knew he was working sporadically.
Bailey said Kierstead was pleasant and although he did not know him well, they would wave to each other as they picked up their mail from their mailboxes.
No initial court appearance has been scheduled pending his release from the hospital. The earliest is expected to be Monday in Rockland District Court.