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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A 48-year-old Vadnais Heights man has been charged with allegedly shooting at a fellow duck hunter in in the area of Spring Lake near Hastings, the Dakota County Attorney’s Office announced Tuesday.

John Charles Killeen faces one count of intentional discharge of a firearm, which is a felony, in connection to the Nov. 29, 2012, incident.

According to the criminal complaint, the victim stopped his boat and began to throw decoys into the water when he heard another hunter threaten him to leave the area. Shortly after, a gunshot rang out and the victim observed BB’s bounce off the front of his boat. The victim then lay down on the boat and called 911. The victim then heard a second shot that went in front of his boat.

Killeen was later arrested.

“Misuse of a gun in the manner alleged in the criminal charge is very disturbing,” Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom said.

Killeen will be summoned to court in connection with the criminal charge. His first court appearance is set for July 29, 2013 in Hastings.

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