Charges Expected in Deadly New Brighton Feud

Updated: 08/11/2015 9:46 PM
Created: 05/06/2014 4:19 PM
By: Cassie Hart

Charges are expected to be filed after an ongoing dispute between neighbors over feeding deer turned deadly Monday night in New Brighton.

Police were called to the 2500 block of Knollwood Drive around 8:30 p.m. on a report of two people being shot by a neighbor.

Todd Stevens died from a gunshot wound, and 48-year-old Jennifer Damerow-Cleven was shot in the stomach, according to family members. The two lived together in the home on Knollwood Drive.

Police say Damerow-Cleven had an active harassment restraining order against the neighbor, who was identified by police as 57-year-old Neal Zumberge. According to neighbors and the restraining order, the three had been arguing over the feeding of deer in the neighborhood.

Damerow-Celven's sister Joni Andrew Bundy said her sister was afraid to be home alone because of her neighbor. "He would throw carcasses and squirrels in her yard. He would shoot deer and throw it into the yard," Andrew Bundy said.

Last week, Andrew Bundy said her sister had a run-in with her neighbor's son at the local VFW; it got so heated she went to police.

"He had said to Jennifer, 'I am gonna kill you guys; you watch out and see.' People in the bar heard it, so Jennifer put out a restraining order on the son Thursday," Andrew Bundy said.

Police said Zumberge turned himself in after the shooting. He has been booked on suspicion of both second-degree attempted murder and second-degree murder.

The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension recovered a shotgun at the scene. Police said they have been called to the location several times in the past.

No additional suspects are being sought, and police say the neighborhood is not in danger.

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