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Carver Co. Man Admits to Shooting at Neighbor with Scoped Rifle

Updated: 05/30/2014 11:40 AM
Created: 05/29/2014 4:48 PM KSTP.com
By: Cassie Hart

A Carver County man has been charged with attempted first degree murder after he admitted to firing a rifle at his neighbor last Friday, authorities say.

The Carver County Sheriff’s Office was called around 9 p.m. to a report of a suspicious incident near Sunset Road and 102nd Street in Camden Township.

Deputies met with a man who reported he was with his 11-year-old son in a tractor when both windows unexpectedly shattered. The 40-year-old man, who has not been identified, suffered small cuts to his neck from the glass shattering, according the sheriff’s office.

The boy was not hurt.

The man said he didn’t see anyone in the area and said he heard gunshots. He told police he believed his neighbor shot at him. However, the man said there has never been any history of conflict between the two.

The suspect, later identified as 51-year-old Kenneth Walsh, came outside as deputies set up a perimeter. He was taken into custody by law enforcement.

According to the sheriff’s office, Walsh admitted he used a scoped rifle and could see the victim in the crosshairs. Walsh also acknowledged firing more than once from inside of his home, according to the sheriff’s office report.

During a search warrant at Walsh’s home, deputies seized rifles and shotguns. Deputies also found holes in a window screen consistent with bullet holes.

Walsh is being held in the Carver County Jail on $1 million bond.

Kenneth Walsh, 51, is charged with attempted first degree murder.
Photo: Carver County Sheriff's Office

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