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October 8, 2013

Police probe whether Maine shooting was justified

A clash between two lobstermen in North Yarmouth leaves one dead of gunshot wounds to the torso.

By David Hench
Staff Writer

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Harbormaster George Dufour says he has known shooting victim Leon Kelley since Dufour moved to Georgetown about 11 years ago. “I never saw him get too riled up except when I was telling him what to do,” Dufour said.

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Honey Comb Drive in North Yarmouth leads to the scene where a fatal shooting took place Sunday at Brown’s Bee Farm.

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Dufour stared out at the gray harbor.

“It’s quite a shame – some kind of family altercation – push came to shove ... push, push, push and it got beyond the limit,” he said.

Kelley’s son Bryan Kelley, who also lives in Georgetown, said he did not want to comment about his father’s death. He said he and his father’s wife had more pressing things to do.

Kelley’s sister-in-law Anne Brown said the loss is painful.

“He was such a great guy. When he hugged you, boy, you knew it,” she said. “This is the worst thing that could happen.”

Rusty Parmenter, a lobsterman who lives in Yarmouth near Kimball, couldn’t say what led to the shooting. He said he has known Kimball for almost 20 years, since Parmenter was a teenager.

“I think he’s a good man,” he said. “Hardworking, keeps to himself.”

It was unclear whether the business relationship between Thurlow-Kimball and Stan Brown, who is 93 and in declining health, contributed to a dispute between the two families.

Ron Lefebvre, Kelley’s nephew, said the shooting has shaken Stan Brown, his grandfather.

“He’s (nearly) 94 years and he’s sick,” Lefebvre said. “This doesn’t help.”

Reached at his home Monday, Brown said he couldn’t hear very well and handed the phone to his daughter, Anne Brown.

“I wished I knew what happened,” she said. “Police haven’t told us anything, but they are working really hard to figure it out.”

Staff Writers Dennis Hoey, Eric Russell and Leslie Bridgers contributed to this report.

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Georgetown selectman Bill Plummer is among the patrons at Georgetown Country Store on Monday, Oct. 7, 2013 to talk about resident Leon Kelley after he was fatally shot at Brown's Bee Farm in Cumberland yesterday.

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