MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A Carver Co. man who allegedly shot at his neighbors while they farmed has had his court date postponed.
Kenneth Walsh, 51, has been charged with first degree attempted murder and second degree attempted murder for allegedly shooting at his neighbor and his neighbor’s son while they were farming.
Police responded to a call around 9 p.m. on May 23 in Camden Township from a resident who said that the front and rear windows of his tractor shattered unexpectedly while he and his 11-year-old son were riding inside.
According to the Carver County’s Sheriff’s Office, the victim, a 40-year male, said he did not see anyone in the area after the glass shattered, but heard gunshots.
He indicated that he believed his neighbor, Walsh, shot at him, causing the glass to shatter.
Police said the victim did have small cuts on his neck consistent with spraying, shattered glass. The 11-year-old was unharmed.
According to the victim, he and his neighbor do not have a history of conflict, but police said Walsh admitted in an interview that he was mad at the victim.
Walsh also admitted that he shot at the victim more than once using a scoped rifle.
Upon searching Walsh’s home, police found rifles, shotguns and holes in a window screen consistent with the size of bullet holes.
Walsh was scheduled to have his first court appearance at 8:30 a.m. Friday, May 30.
Walsh appeared in court Friday morning, but the judge postponed the first appearance because Walsh’s request for a public defender was denied.
Authorities have determined that Walsh has sufficient funds to hire counsel and the judge said with the severity of these charges Walsh should have time to get counsel.
Walsh’s first appearance has been rescheduled for 8:30 a.m. June 6.