NORTH YARMOUTH, Maine — An argument between two men with ties to Brown’s Bee Farm on Greely Road turned deadly Sunday afternoon when one man shot the other, Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety, said Sunday night.
Leon Kelley, 63, of Georgetown, died en route to the hospital. He was shot at about 3:15 p.m by Merrill Kimball, 70, of Yarmouth, McCausland said.
Brown’s Bee Farm, located at 239 Greely Road, is owned by Karen Thurlow Kimball and Stan Brown.
Kelley is the son-in-law of Brown, and Karen Kimball is married to Merrill Kimball, McCausland said.
“Detectives said Kelley and Kimball got into a confrontation at the business location, which sits behind Brown’s house,” McCausland said in a press release. “Kelley died en route to Maine Medical Center in Portland, where he was being transported by ambulance.”
Kimball was detained by Maine state troopers, interviewed and released, he said.
“Detectives are now attempting to determine the circumstances of the shooting, which will include interviews, ballistics tests on the gun, evidence from the scene, and the autopsy results on Kelley, which is expected on Monday at the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Augusta,” McCausland said.
Brown’s Bee Farm offers a variety of beekeeping goods, including frames, treatments and native raw honey, according to its website. Brown, who turns 94 later this month, has been beekeeping for 81 years, according to an American Bee Journal article from earlier this year.
The journal featured an article on Karen Kimball, who has been a beekeeper for 37 years, the following month.