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Charges: Cable guy caught in neighbors' feud, is threatened with shotgun

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A cable guy got caught in the middle of a feud between neighbors in Lakeville, as he was threatened by a shotgun as he tried to fix an internet connection.

Michael John Jackson, 53, has been charged for threatening the Charter Spectrum Communications worker with a 12 gauge, pump-action shotgun outside his property on July 30.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Dakota County:

Jackson had been involved in a feud with the couple who live next door, and had been harassing them since one of them allegedly shot Jackson's daughter's dog on Dec. 2, 2015.

His neighbors had taken out a restraining order against him to stop the harassment, but the feud reignited when the couple's internet connection was severed.

They assumed Jackson was responsible, as he had done the same thing two weeks earlier, and Jackson admitted to his neighbor he'd cut the wire again, saying: "I did it on purpose."

When the Charter cable guy came round to fix the internet, Jackson came out to meet him and got into an argument that culminated when Jackson went inside to get his shotgun.

"Jackson shook the gun in the air and said something along the lines of 'this is for you.' The victim understood this to mean that if he didn't get out of there, the male would resort to violence."

Despite Jackson's wife standing in front of his van, the Charter employee was able to drive away, but was left "shaking" from the situation.

Police later found Jackson's shotgun under the couch, with the safety on and a shell in the chamber.

Jackson has been charged with threats of violence, damage to telecommunications equipment, and violation of a restraining order.

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