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MN man accused of killing his neighbor after arguing over lake property

Authorities say the incident began with an argument between the two men over a lake nearby.
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A Minnesota man is accused of killing his neighbor in an argument over lake property.

According to a news release from the Chisago County Sheriff's Office, authorities responded to a call about a shooting around 12:33 p.m. Wednesday on Lindo Trail, near Sunrise Lake in North Chisago Lake Township.

They arrived to find 62-year-old Donn Allan Johnson dead at the scene. A suspect, 42-year-old Carl Patrick Anderson, was taken into custody.

Authorities say the incident began with an argument between the two men over a lake nearby.

According to the criminal complaint obtained by the Star Tribune, Anderson had given permission to several people to fish from his mother’s property on Sunrise Lake. While at a bait shop, an employee notified Anderson that Johnson called the store to complain about people parking on his land.

Anderson drove to the lake, where he was confronted with threats by Johnson, the complaint says. That's when authorities say Johnson was shot and killed. Anderson called 911 to report that he had shot someone.

KARE says the men were neighbors and Johnson was unarmed.

Anderson was charged with second-degree murder Friday and was being held at the Chisago County Jail, the sheriff's office said. If convicted, he faces a recommended sentence of 40 years in prison.

People who knew both men told WCCO the two were longtime neighbors and have had a longstanding feud, although the sheriff's office has not confirmed those details.

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