Deer-feeding feud between neighbors turns deadly in New Brighton


An ongoing dispute between neighbors about feeding deer turned deadly Monday night when a New Brighton man shot and killed another man and injured a woman, according to reports.

The woman was conscious when taken to the Hennepin County Medical Center, but her condition is unknown, the Star Tribune says. Police said she suffered a single gunshot wound.

Police said the 57-year-old suspect called police shortly after the shooting and turned himself in, the Pioneer Press reports. He is in custody and being interviewed by investigators.

Police have been called to the area several times because of the years-long feud between the three neighbors over feeding deer in the community, according to media reports.

"I knew that something was eventually going to happen," Neighbor Matt Williams told KARE 11. He said that both the victims and suspect owned weapons and the situation was a "volatile mix."

Neighbors said the suspect had shot deer in the victims' yard before and also gave the neighborhood letters about deer being bad and attracting wolves, reports say.

KARE 11 says the female shooting victim had an active restraining order out against the suspect for harassment.

The victims lived together across the street from the suspect in the 2500 block of Knollwood Drive, according to reports.

A SWAT team was sent into the suspect's home Monday night to make sure no one else was inside, KSTP says. Officials said they aren't looking for additional suspects and the public is not in danger, according to media reports.

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